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This paper discusses bibliographic control of knowledge resources on the World Wide Web. The first section sets the context of the inquiry. The second section covers the following topics related to metadata: (1) definitions of metadata, including metadata as tags and as descriptors; (2) metadata on the Web, including general metadata systems, resource description, PICS (Platform for Internet Content Selection) and other content controllers, the BizTalk and SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) frameworks, and rights management; and (3) the resource description framework, including the future of XML (eXtensible Markup Language). The third section addresses issues related to the Dublin Core metadata standard, including degree of completeness, institutional support, implementation, extensibility rules, and difficulties with the creator and relation elements. This section also considers difficulties with the object-attribute model. The fourth section discusses the role of libraries in Web resource description, including reasons why searching alone will not replace the need for human cataloging in the near future. The fifth section presents recommendations related to the following three options for libraries to provide access to knowledge resources on the Web: use or adapt MARC/AACR2; create a library metadata system with the same aims as the Dublin Core; or use or adapt the Dublin Core. Several relevant Web sites are listed. (MES)

Descriptors: Access to Information, Cataloging, Knowledge Representation, Library Role, Metadata, Standards, World Wide Web

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Author: Dillon, Martin


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