Monday, December 13, 2010

Metadata Interoperability

On 2010-12-15, between 13-17 CET, Mikael Nilsson will defend his PhD thesis on metadata interoperability. The defense will be webcast.

From Interoperability to Harmonization in Metadata Standardization - Designing an Evolvable Framework for Metadata Harmonization
Metadata is an increasingly central tool in the current web environment, enabling large-scale, distributed management of resources. Recent years has seen a growth in interaction between previously relatively isolated metadata communities, driven by a need for cross-domain collaboration and exchange. However, metadata standards have not been able to meet the needs of interoperability between independent standardization communities. For this reason the notion of metadata harmonization, defined as interoperability of combinations of metadata specifications, has risen as a core issue for the future of web-based metadata.

This thesis presents a solution-oriented analysis of current issues in metadata harmonization. A set of widely used metadata specifications in the domains of learning technology, libraries and the general web environment have been chosen as targets for the analysis, with a special focus on Dublin Core, IEEE LOM and RDF. Through active participation in several metadata standardization communities, a body of knowledge of harmonization issues has been developed.
Webcasting a Ph.D. defense is new to me. Is this a trending practice?

2 comments:

B. Y. said...

Looks like the link isn't working - can you post a working link?

David said...

Fixed. Thanks for letting me know they were broken.