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Metadata as Infrastructure: What, Where, When, and Who

Michael K. Buckland & Ray R. Larson

Sparking Synergies: Bringing Research and Practice Together @ ASIST '05 (ASIS&T 2005)
Westin Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina, October 28 - November 2, 2005


The difference between memorization and understanding lies in knowing the context and relationships of whatever is of interest. When setting out to learn about a new topic, a well-tested practice is to follow the traditional 5Ws and the H: Who?, What?, When?, Where?, Why?, and How?

   In this project we are developing a formal structure for the facets of What, Where, When, and Who, that will constitute a metadata infrastructure intended to provide for the digital library environment the kind of services and resources long provided in library reference collections. This poster will present progress to date including: Developing draft format and content standards for Named Time Period Directories and Biographical Directories; Screen shots of prototype interfaces; Advice from prospective users; and Problems encountered.

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