Collection/item metadata relationships

Allen H. Renear, Karen M. Wickett, Richard J. Urban, David Dubin, Sarah L. Shreeves

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Contemporary retrieval systems, which search across collections, usually ignore collection-level metadata. Alternative approaches, exploiting collection-level information, will require an understanding of the various kinds of relationships that can obtain between collection-level and item-level metadata. This paper outlines the problem and describes a project that is developing a logic-based framework for classifying collection/item metadata relationships. This framework will support (i) metadata specification developers defining metadata elements, (ii) metadata creators describing objects, and (iii) system designers implementing systems that take advantage of collection-level metadata. We present two simple examples of collection/item metadata relationship categories, attribute/value-propagation and value-propagation, and show that even in these simple cases a precise formulation requires modal notions in addition to first-order logic. These formulations are related to recent work in information retrieval and ontology evaluation.
Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications - Berlin, Germany
Duration: Sep 22 2008Sep 26 2008
Conference number: 16


ConferenceInternational Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications
Abbreviated titleDC
Internet address


  • Metadata
  • Collection level metadata

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences


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