Friday, August 06, 2004


The announcement yesterday, about the Nature RSS feeds, mentioned that they were using PRISM metadata. Here how PRISM is described:
The Publishing Requirements for Industry Standard Metadata (PRISM) specification defines an XML metadata vocabulary for managing, aggregating, post-processing, multi-purposing and aggregating magazine, news, catalog, book, and mainstream journal content. PRISM recommends the use of certain existing standards, such as XML, RDF, the Dublin Core, and various ISO specifications for locations, languages, and date/time formats. In addition PRISM provides a framework for the interchange and preservation of content and metadata, a collection of elements to describe that content, and a set of controlled vocabularies listing the values for those elements.
This seems to be a well developed metadata format and should be useful when dealing with analytics.

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