Fwd: [OAI-implementers] Metadata Language Confusion
Diane I. Hillmann
Fri, 13 Jul 2001 10:29:51 -0400
Some of the solution depends on whether the articles are each indeed in all
three languages or whether it is only the titles and descriptions that are
in different languages, and the article in one of those?
If this is the case, it should be possible to use the language qualifier
for each title and description, and not necessarily have to create separate
metadata records to do so. In DC, each of the elements is repeatable,
partially to take care of just such a situation. And as someone has
already pointed out, much of the data is unaffected by the language issue.
If it were me, I would keep all the title and descriptive information on
one article in one metadata record, and use the language qualifier (or
not--it really isn't essential, if your goal is primarily indexing and
discovery) to differentiate. Multiple titles and descriptions, so long as
they're dealing with the **same article** should not be a problem.
At 09:29 PM 7/12/2001 -0400, you wrote:
>--- begin forwarded text
>I'm beginning a project to implement an OAI repository that will contain
>citations to Latin American medical journal articles we are collecting. We
>are receiving these citations in three languages: English, Spanish, and
>Portugeuse. One of the goals of the repository, in addition to being OAI
>compliant, is that users will be able to do article searching and
>discovery in any of these languages. However, I am totally confused about
>how to represent this multilingual metadata in the OAI protocol.
>I have read some Dublin Core material that addresses this problem, but
>those solutions all seem to be rdf solutions or older metatag solutions.
>I would like to implement this as a qualifier of some kind, but that
>probably isn't a legitimate solution. The final solution I have thought of
>is to implement three repositories, one for each language, but that
>doesn't seem too elegant.
>I am new to this, so perhaps I am missing something obvious. Any advice is
>Analyst, Health Sciences Center
>University of New Mexico
>OAI-implementers mailing list
>--- end forwarded text
Diane I. Hillmann
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