XML semantics and digital libraries

A. Renear, D. Dubin, C. M. Sperberg-McQueen, C. Huitfeldt

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Abstract

The lack of a standard formalism for expressing the semantics of an XML vocabulary is a major obstacle to the development of high-function interoperable digital libraries. XML document type definitions (DTDs) provide a mechanism for specifying the syntax of an XML vocabulary, but there is no comparable mechanism for specifying the semantics of that vocabulary - where semantics simply means the basic facts and relationships represented by the occurrence of XML constructs. A substantial loss of functionality and interoperability in digital libraries results from not having a common machine-readable formalism for expressing these relationships for the XML vocabularies currently being used to encode content. Recently a number of projects and standards have begun taking up related topics. We describe the problem and our own project.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2003 Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, JCDL 2003
EditorsLois Delcambre, Geneva Henry, Catherine C. Marshall
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages303-305
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)0769519393
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003
Event2003 Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, JCDL 2003 - Houston, United States
Duration: May 27 2003May 31 2003

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries
Volume2003-January
ISSN (Print)1552-5996

Other

Other2003 Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, JCDL 2003
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityHouston
Period5/27/035/31/03

Keywords

  • Documentation
  • ISO standards
  • Information science
  • Laboratories
  • Logic
  • Markup languages
  • Software libraries
  • Vocabulary
  • Web sites
  • XML

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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