The semantic web and expert metadata: pull apart then bring together

Gordon Dunsire

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    Abstract

    The paper discusses the relevance of Resource Description Framework (RDF) and Simple Knowledge Organisation System (SKOS), the essential technical components of the Semantic Web, to the structure and content of professional metadata generated by archives, libraries and museums. The impact on professional practice and policy is illustrated with examples from the library domain. The paper describes the potential of the Semantic Web to bring to an end the evolution of the library catalogue record and other localised metadata structures. The paper suggests how the professional communities can treat the Semantic Web as an opportunity rather than a threat, by exploiting their metadata expertise and assets in the areas of identity and authority to the benefit of services and users.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages1-13
    Number of pages13
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    Event12th Seminar on Archives, Libraries, Museums - Poreč, Croatia
    Duration: 26 Nov 200828 Nov 2008

    Conference

    Conference12th Seminar on Archives, Libraries, Museums
    CityPoreč, Croatia
    Period26/11/0828/11/08

    Keywords

    • semantic web
    • RDF
    • SKOS
    • metadata
    • library catalogue record

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