Chapter 9. Designing metadata

As you have no doubt noticed, more information is available than ever before—on the Web, your company intranet, in your content management repository, and elsewhere. This is both exciting and problematic, and extremely frustrating when you can’t find what you’re looking for.

What is missing is information about the information—that is, labeling, cataloging and descriptive information— that enables a computer to properly process and search the content elements. This information about information is known as metadata.

Although metadata has been a buzz word in the information technology and data warehousing business for some time, it has recently emerged as an important concept for those who are developing search and retrieval ...

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