This may be of interest to the forum considering recent discussions on
portals,oai, z39.50, etc
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Subject: 'Marketing' with Metadata - How Metadata Can Increase Exposure
and Visibility of Online Content.
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2006 15:59:28 -0000
From: MacLeod, Roderick A <[log in to unmask]>
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'Marketing' with Metadata - How Metadata Can Increase Exposure and
Visibility of Online Content.
This document has just been released by the PerX Project (a project
funded by JISC, as part of the UK Digital Repositories Programme).
It is an advocacy document, aimed at content providers of various kinds
(for example: journal publishers, professional societies and database
providers and owners) who may have descriptive data (metadata) available
for the actual content they produce. It introduces the various benefits
of sharing metadata, in standardised and reusable ways, with other
websites. It explains how sharing metadata can result in increased
exposure and visibility of the actual content, whether that content
itself is freely available, available to subscribers, or available via
The document is intended primarily for a non-technical audience who may
require an overview for decisions regarding the best means of exposing
metadata. It may also be of interest to anyone with an interest in
It looks at exposing metadata via harvesting (OAI Repositories, Static
Repositories), via distributed searching (Z39.50, SRU/SRW, other
emerging standards), and exposing content for syndication (RSS).
It provides illustrative case studies and links to technical
specifications which will provide useful starting points for those
tasked with actually implementing the exposure of standardised metadata.
Common questions are answered.
If you wish to increase the visibility and exposure of your content in
the online environment, then read this document!
PerX is a two-year (June 2005 - May 2007) JISC Digital Repositories
Programme project, to develop a pilot service which provides subject
resource discovery across a series of repositories of interest to the
engineering learning and research community. This pilot will then be
used as a test-bed to explore the practical issues that would be
encountered when considering the possibility of a full scale subject
resource discovery service.
The partners in the PerX project are:
Institute for Computer Based Learning at Heriot-Watt University (lead)
Institution of Civil Engineers/Thomas Telford Ltd
Adiuri Systems Ltd
Geotechnical, Rock and Water Resources Library
Regional Support Centre East Midlands
Senior Faculty Librarian
Heriot-Watt University Library
Edinburgh EH14 4AS
e-mail: [log in to unmask]
phone: 0131 451 3576
fax: 0131 451 3164
Roddy MacLeod MA, DipLib, MCILIP
Senior Subject Librarian
Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh EH14 4AS
Tel (0131) 451 3576 Fax: (0131) 451 3164
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