Tuesday, July 06, 2004


Enabling Metadata: Creating Core Records for Resource Discovery by Lynne C. Howarth will be presented this August to the IFLA Cataloguing Section.
The proliferation in electronic resources over the past decade has been accompanied by intense activity in the development and application of metadata schemas. Recognizing that growth, and understanding the need for some direction in the selection and use of metadata standards, the IFLA Cataloguing Section Working Group on the Use of Metadata Schemas drafted a report for Worldwide Review (2003-04), inviting comment on recommendations deriving from three objectives that formed the Working Group’s terms of reference. This paper discusses responses to the review and, based on that feedback, offers suggestions for some possible next-steps. The need for a “core record” framework requires further exploration – as a standard, as a basic set of elements for legal deposit, as the raison d’ĂȘtre for a generation of software tools that can extract and/or generate an essential metadata record.

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