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Describing Scholarly Works with Dublin Core: A Functional Approach

Allinson, J. (2008) Describing Scholarly Works with Dublin Core: A Functional Approach. Library Trends. pp. 221-243. ISSN 0024-2594

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Abstract

This article describes the development of the Scholarly Works Application Profile (SWAP)—a Dublin Core application profile for describing scholarly texts. This work provides an active illustration of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) “Singapore Framework” for Application Profiles, presented at the DCMI Conference in 2007, by incorporating the various elements of Application Profile building as defined by this framework—functional requirements, domain model, description set profile, usage guidelines, and data format. These elements build on the foundations laid down by the Dublin Core Abstract Model and utilize a preexisting domain model (FR-BR—Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records) in order to support the representation of complex data describing multiple entities and their relationships. The challenges of engaging community acceptance and implementation will be covered, along with other related initiatives to support the growing corpus of scholarly resource types, such as data objects, geographic data, multimedia, and images whose structure and metadata requirements introduce the need for new application profiles. Finally, looking to other initiatives, the article will comment on how Dublin Core relates to the broader scholarly information world, where projects like Object Re-use and Exchange are attempting to better equip repositories to exchange resources.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2008 Johns Hopkins University Press. This is an author produced version of a paper published in Library Trends. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self archiving policy.
Keywords: Library and Information Sciences
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York
Depositing User: Repository Administrator York
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2009 14:15
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2014 09:24
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/8522

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