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Metadata for Information Management and Retrieval

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Metadata for Information Management and Retrieval

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Metadata for Information Management and Retrieval by David Haynes ISBN: 1-85604-489-0 Published: 2004 Pages: 186 pp.; hardcover Price: $95

Recommended Reading on Metadata, Business Intelligence, Virtual Reference, and Hardware Problems

This month, I look at metadata, business information sources, virtual reference, and PC hardware problems. In this eclectic mix, there should be something for everyone.

Available from: Facet Publishing, 7 Ridgmount Street, London WC1E 7AE, U.K.; +44 (0)20 7255 0590; www.facetpublishing.co.uk

This book is a good introductory guide to the concepts, uses, and issues involved in the application of metadata to information products. The author, head of consultancy services at U.K.-based CILIP: The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, clearly has experience in working with a wide variety of metadata applications. In addition to his own experience, he documents his comments with extensive references and sources for further information.

The book begins with a description of how metadata arose and why it is important. The five basic purposes for metadata are discussed, which are then further developed in separate chapters and make up the bulk of the book. These purposes are: 1) resource description; 2) information retrieval; 3) management of information; 4) rights management, ownership, and authenticity; and 5) interoperability and e-commerce.

Chapter 2 provides examples of metadata and how it is expressed, while Chapter 3 discusses standards and data models, such as RDF, OAIS, Dublin Core, ARC, and more. …

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