Metadata Use Harnessed to Provide Satisfying Experience for Digital Libraries

by Davina V
This article is about using metadata to develop “a conceptual framework which aims to facilitate semantic metadata interoperability” (Alemu, Stevens & Ross) for digital libraries to provide seamless information resources and for users to be able to make sense of the information accessed. But in the end the paper says that the current interoperability solutions only solve syntactic level and not the semantics aspect of the problem. It also implies that the number of metadata elements part of a standard have an effect on the metadata richness. Metadata should not be simplistic, unless you want to affect the richness of it. That is because “Simplicity is a usability issue… So any attempt to simplifying metadata… is a misplaced objective as far as semantic interoperability is concerned” (Alemu, Stevens & Ross).

In class we are going to talk about metadata (data on data), and it is useful for database design when you need to take into consideration what you need in concept. Knowing about metadata is essential to know to work with databases that are used in information bases like libraries, and information resources.

This would probably help in the end result of a search engine. When reading articles often, when you are reading challenging items, you will need to look up information that will help you understand what you have just read on a more basic level in order to understand the more advanced topics.

Alemu, G., Stevens, B., & Ross, P. (n.d.). Towards a conceptual framework for user-driven semantic metadata interoperability in digital libraries: A social constructivist approach. New Library World, 113 (1/2), 38 – 54. doi: 10.1108/03074801211199031