EprintsAP scenario 21

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JISC Digital Repositories Programme Scenario


Human- and machine- generated metadata


Julie Allinson and Emma Tonkin


Eprints Application Profile Working Group




Machine-generated metadata will have characteristics that reflect its origin (as of course will human-generated values). Providing a marker would allow potential issues to be sidestepped as and when they occur. As an example, say someone implements a keyword extraction mechanism that performs badly on certain categories of document, pulling out irrelevant keywords. The record as a whole remains useful, but it may be that the keywords should be weighted appropriately according to the level of confidence that the metadata consumer has in the accuracy of the information in the current context, which implies providing sufficient information to inform that decision.