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 EELS Metadata Format

Environment of Use


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/>

Ease of creation

So far the format has only been used by librarians and information specialists.

Progress toward international standardisation

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.

Format Issues


The EELS template consists of 11 attributes not all of which are displayed to the user.

Basic descriptive elements

Subject description

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.

Resource format and technical characteristics

Publication types and formats are taken from the following list:

Host administrative details


Administrative metadata

Editors e-mail address (not used in the display format) and an internal annotation field.


Often given in the title or annotation.

Terms of availability

Any login information needed to use the resource is recorded.


Information is stored using a simple attribute/value pair scheme.

Multilingual issues

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.

Ability to represent relationships between objects




Rules for formulation of data element content

There are no explicit rules.

Protocol Issues

The records are searchable using WAIS (Wide Area Information Server) .

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