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

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The emergence of socially-constructed metadata in a mixed metadata approach

Socially-constructed metadata provides a platform for two-way collaboration using current technologies such as tagging, user-reviews, recommendations and metadata crowdsourcing. This results in post-hoc metadata with each user contributing, via a network effect, to metadata diversity. However, standards-based, a priori, metadata restricts users’ involvement and ensures consistent structures and quality. These approaches though, are not necessarily in opposition. Combining both, into a mixed metadata system, unlocks the potential for metadata diversity and scalability whilst maintaining hierarchical and semantic structure. This changes the underlying principles for metadata ...

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