DESIRE Registry


[Data Model]


The DESIRE Registry was a demonstration metadata registry produced as part of the second phase of the DESIRE (Development of a European Service for Information on Research and Education) project. It was a key part of the projects' exploration of metadata registries, which was built upon concepts developed as part of the W3C's Resource Description Framework (RDF) and the ISO/IEC 11179 Metadata Registry (MDR) standard. The work was instrumental in helping develop some of the key ideas behind metadata application profiles (e.g., Heery & Patel, 2000).

The registry was initially populated with the Dublin Core Metadata Element Set, the BIBLINK element set and ROADS templates. The Web interface allowed users to browse different aspects of the schemes and to generate crosswalks. The registry is no longer operational, but the main index page looked something like this:

More information on the registry approach taken by DESIRE can be found in the associated data model and context documents as well as in the main project deliverable (Heery, et al., 2000).


Heery, R., Patel, M. (2000). Application Profiles: Mixing and Matching Metadata Schemas. Ariadne, no. 25 (1999):

Heery, R., Gardner, T., Day, M., Patel, M. (2000). DESIRE Metadata Registry Framework. DESIRE Deliverable 3.5. Available via the Internet Archive:

Document created by Michael Day (UKOLN, University of Bath): 09-Jan-2013.
Last updated: 09-Jan-2013.