A review of metadata: a survey of current resource description formats
Work Package 3 of Telematics for Research project DESIRE (RE 1004)
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The Engineering Electronic Library (EELS) is a co-operative project of The Swedish Universities of Technology Libraries to provide an information system for quality assessed information resources on the Internet. (see EEVL for a subject based engineering service based in the UK). The metadata format that EELS is using is specific to the project (there does not appear to be any international standard format being used within the Engineering community).
The EELS service can be found at <URL:http://eels.lub.lu.se/>
So far the format has only been used by librarians and information specialists.
EELS are currently using a home grown format, however as part of the DESIRE project they are investigating changing to a more standard format (probably either the Dublin Core or IAFA) in the near future.
The EELS template consists of 11 attributes not all of which are displayed to the user.
Assigns classification codes (maximum of 4) and indexing terms (maximum of 10). Uses Engineering Information (Ei) Inc's classification system and thesaurus for the subject description, in order to allow combined searching with Ei's Compendex database, which indexes the printed literature.
The URL is recorded and used to construct the link to the resource.
Publication types and formats are taken from the following list:
Editors e-mail address (not used in the display format) and an internal annotation field.
Often given in the title or annotation.
Any login information needed to use the resource is recorded.
Information is stored using a simple attribute/value pair scheme.
The country of origin is recorded and the title of the resource is recorded in the original language. Information is coded in ISO Latin-1.
There are no explicit rules.
The records are searchable using WAIS (Wide Area Information Server) .
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