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Colleciton/Item metadata relationships

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Renear, A. H., Wickett, K. M., Urban, R. J., Dubin, D., & Shreeves, S. L. (2008). Colleciton/Item metadata relationships. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications (pp. 80-89). Berlin, Germany, September 22-26, 2008.

Publication Abstract

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 three examples of collection/item metadata relationship
categories, attribute/value-propagation, value-propagation, and value-constraint 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.

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