Metadata Resources


Platform for Internet Content Selection (PICS) is an infrastructure for associating labels with Internet content. It was originally designed to help parents and teachers control what children access on the Internet, but it also facilitates other uses for labels, including code signing, privacy, and intellectual property rights management.

The W3C PICS page

PICS: Internet Access Controls Without Censorship - Paul Resnick, AT&T and James Miller, W3C - Communications of the ACM, October 1996.
An overview of PICS.

W3C and Digital Libraries - James S. Miller, W3C - Dlib Magazine, Nov 96
Contains an overview on the use of PICS to form a base for encoding and transmitting metadata derived from the Dublin core and the Warwick framework.

Filtering Information on the Internet - Paul Resnick, Scientific American, March 1997
Another general introduction to PICS.

Rating the Net - Jonathan Weinberg, Associate Professor, Wayne State University Law School
A legal view of content rating and PICS.

PICS-SE - A Proposed Standard for the Annotation of Internet Documents using a String Extension to PICS
PICS-SE is a proposed string extension to PICS which can be used for the annotation of Internet documents. Just like the Warwick Framework, PICS-SE is a framework within which different sets of meta information can be organized in a consistent, object-oriented manner. If there is enough interest, we are planning to go through the procedures of proposing it as an internet standard.

Maintained by Andy Powell
Last updated: 18-Mar-1997

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