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An Emergent Theory of Digital Library Metadata by Brett Stevens, Getaneh Alemu

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The Web 2.0 paradigm and the emergence of socially-constructed metadata approaches

The development of the World Wide Web, and in particular the Web 2.0 paradigm, presents libraries with opportunities to transform their services. This is characterised as a move from one-way delivery to a two-way collaboration, from closed systems to open access, from a priori (pre-defined) metadata to post-hoc (after publication) metadata. The Web 2.0 paradigm supports the re-conceptualisation of library users as metadata co-creators rather than passive consumers. This socially-constructed metadata provides libraries with a new approach to describe information objects that supports diversity and meets the challenges of growing library collections.

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