Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Lab # 2 Metadata


This site provides a very basic definition of metadata, RDF and the Semantic web. More importantly, it links the three terms by providing brief explanation of the relationship between them.


This article provides a more extensive definition and explanation of metadata. It is very informative and is divided into the following sub categories:
Categorizing metadata,
Why is metadata important?
Conclusion and outstanding questions
Sidebar: Other little known facts about metadata.


A more technical site than those previously listed, it explains metadata schemas and syntax. It does also go on to explain what an internet search engine is, why it’s not good enough and why use metadata. This part is simply written and fairly easy to understand.

Provides a basic introduction to metadata, explains its functions and attempts to explain the meaning of the term ‘interoperability’

~ Cheryl Barretto


Blogger Ryan Broll said...

I really liked the first website you listed (http://creativecommons.org/technology/metadata/what). Firstly, I thought it was very easy to understand for people who don't have a lot of knowledge about the Semantic web and terms related to it. I also liked how it tied the three terms together. Another thing that I thought was really good was the examples that the Web site provided. The examples made it even easier to understand the terms, and they also helped to give them more meaning, I think, by demonstrating how these things related to Metadata are actually used in the real world. And, of course, it was a fairly short article that got to its point quickly, and that is never a bad thing!

Ryan Broll

January 25, 2005 at 10:15 AM  
Blogger anoble said...

The second website posted (http://www.getty.edu/research/conducting_research/standards/intrometadata/2_articles/index.html) is a great, informative site. It goes beyond the typical and eventually annoying phrase 'data about data'. This site offers a 'big picture' way of thinking about metadata: as "the sum total of what one can say about any information object at any level." It catergorizes metadata and offers useful facts about the origin and characteristics of metadata. This site also has a link to 'Metadata and the World Wide Web', another useful article.
Alison Noble

January 25, 2005 at 10:20 AM  
Blogger Matt Walker said...


I feel that the best link you provided to the Blog was:


This site is effective and useful as it provides a precise and easy to understand, "basic" defintion of not only Metadata but RDF and the Semantic Web, as well. The reason I feel this site is more helpful then the other sites you listed is that it not only provides the definitions but also provides the reader with the ways in which the terms are interconnected or their relationship to one another and to the Semantic Web as a whole.

Matt Walker

January 25, 2005 at 10:23 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

I found that the first URL builds off of the second one as it gives basic background knowledge and then goes on in the second link to provide a more detailed definition and explanation of metadata and RDF which gives a better understanding to the reader.

January 25, 2005 at 10:27 AM  

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