Using collection descriptions to enhance an aggregation of harvested item-level metadata

Muriel Foulonneau, Timothy W. Cole, Thomas G. Habing, Sarah L. Shreeves

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As an increasing number of digital library projects embrace the harvesting of item-level descriptive metadata, issues of description granularity and concerns about potential loss of context when harvesting item-level metadata take on greater significance. Collection-level description can provide valuable context for item-level metadata records harvested from disparate and heterogeneous providers. This paper describes an ongoing experiment using collection-level description in concert with item-level metadata to improve quality of search and discovery across an aggregation of metadata describing resources held by a consortium of large academic research libraries. We present details of approaches implemented so far and preliminary analyses of the potential utility of these approaches. The paper concludes with a brief discussion of related issues and future work plans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32-41
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries
StatePublished - 2005
Event5th ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries - Digital Libraries: Cyberinfrastructure for Research and Education - Denver, CO, United States
Duration: Jun 7 2005Jun 11 2005


  • Collection-level description
  • Descriptive metadata
  • Metadata aggregation
  • Open Archives Initiative

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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