[OAI-implementers] Archaeological Metadata
Mon, 11 Nov 2002 00:29:48 -0500
I would like to know your thoughts on the following problem :
I need to expose metadata related to Archaeological artifacts/records.
Archaeology is characterized by complex, dynamic and highly structured
datasets consisting of visual as well as textual information. Therefore this
discipline would benefit from a representation in a standardized fashion for
the large number of internal and external cross-references among the
individual elements of archaeological datasets.There doesn't exist a single
archaeology specific metadata description language. A family of metadata
standards is required to describe a single resource like Qualified Dublin
core, FGDC, GCMD, DIF etc.
I am looking at RDF to solve this problem. RDF does not stipulate semantics
for each resource description community, but rather provides the ability for
communities to define metadata elements as needed. Would RDF be the correct
approach to take here or would it be better to expose each resource in
different metadata formats.What is the support provided by OAI for RDF? As
OAI-PMH necessitates a schema for other metadata formats, is such a schema
available for RDF? Has anyone exposed collection records with RDF metadata
What are other the other options for exposing complex hierarchical datasets
All suggestions are welcome.