Thursday, September 27, 2007

Kernel Metadata

For those times when Dublin Core is too complex, there is Kernel metadata. Just four elements, who, what, when and, where.
Kernel metadata is a small prescriptive vocabulary designed to support highly uniform but minimal object descriptions for the purpose of orderly collection management. The Kernel vocabulary, based on a subset of the Dublin Core (DC) metadata element set, aims to describe objects of any form or category, but its reach is limited to a small number of fundamental questions such as who, what, when, and where. The Electronic Resource Citation (ERC), also specified in this document, is an object description that addresses those four questions using Kernel and other metadata elements.

1 comment:

Mike Kreyche said...

This turned out to be a lot more interesting than it seemed at first. To start with, I don't fully agree with the implication that Kernel Metadata is simpler than DC. The notion of the four fundamental elements is simple (and elegant), but consider the complexities that address the sorting, subfielding, and multiple-value issues, for example. It's a little surprising to me that it's taken so long for the modern metadata community to confront these problems. We'll see how much attention and interest this will attract. Nice work, Kunze and Turner!