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Metadata is data about data, or information about content. It is important to have standard ways of describing content for efficient resource discovery on the world-wide web, and to tie this in with information about people and rights to build the foundations for e-commerce. The most significant emerging standard is the Dublin Core, which has recently stabilized its simple (minimum) set as DC 1.0. Various organizations (including Wiley) have already been exploring the use of Dublin Core tags in a number of implementations. Other initiatives are taking place to bring all metadata schemes within an overarching data model. As the industry responsible for managing content from commissioning through to authenticated release, publishing should play a major role in metadata creation and promulgation.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: July 1, 1999

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