This article discusses the shift in popular approaches to large-scale metadata management and interoperability. These approaches are rooted in Semantic Web technologies, such as the Resource Description Framework (RDF). In the library community, this trend has accelerated since the W3C re-framed many of the enabling technologies in terms of Linked Open Data (LOD). As more and more RDF-based metadata become available, a lack of established best practices for vocabulary development and management is leading to a certain level of vocabulary chaos. This article discusses strategies for vocabulary publishing, discovery, evaluation, and mapping have the potential to change the conversation significantly.

Keywords: Application profile, Metadata registries, Vocabulary, Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI), Linked Open Data (LOD), World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
Author: Phipps, Jon
Publisher: Information Standards Quarterly
Date created: 2012-05-15 04:00:00.000
Time required: P20M
Educational use: professionalDevelopment
Educational audience: professional
Interactivity type: expositive

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