Common spec/interface for file metadata
jamiemcc at blueyonder.co.uk
Tue Sep 6 01:22:30 EEST 2005
Daniel P. Berrange wrote:
> There are multiple levels of Dublin Core compliance. At the basic level,
> the terms are flat
> they can, however, be further refined
> - abstract
> - created
> - copyrighted
> - submitted
I have looked at it and my first thoughts were they are quite generic
For me the metadata should be as obvious to the user as possible so they
can enter it in searches and also when they view metadata for a file its
consistent with the metadata they have already been exposed to. For
example XMMS exposes metadata for an mp3 as say "Artist" yet Dublin Core
uses the term "Creator" (it also uses this term for Author of a document
whilst both Abiword and Evince use "Author". "Creator" in Evince means
the version of the library used to create the pdf thus further leading
this term into confusion).
Using the flat Dublin Core wont work because metadata keys need to be
unique for a file so you cant have two "description" fields even though
they may relate to different things (we are using hashtables for these)
Also a lot of the metadata does not fit nicely into the 15 generic
Dublin Core types.
FOAF like RDF is overkill for this too (we really dont need extremely
hierarchical types that are designed for XML representation here).
Simple metadata names are really all thats required and they should
match whats currently shown in applications as much as possible. I would
like to use a standard for naming metadata if possible but it must not
be too technical or vague for users.
Mr Jamie McCracken
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