Multilevel and graphical views of metadata

  • Beard M
  • Sharma V
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Abstract

Digital libraries help users to search for, evaluate and retrieve
information. Metadata is indispensable in this process of locating
information and evaluating its fitness for specific uses. This paper
describes a multilevel organization and presentation of metadata for
spatial information in digital libraries. It is proposed that a single
organization of metadata within the context of large distributed
heterogeneous (text, image, video, audio, etc.) collections is
inadequate. The organization of metadata should change, depending upon
the purpose for which it is being used and the state of an
information-seeking task. We argue for at least a three-level
organization of metadata and graphical presentation of metadata for
digital library users. The Content Standard for Geospatial Metadata
provides a foundation for this approach

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  • M.K. Beard

  • V. Sharma

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