8 Responses to Comparing metadata requirements for OERs (part 2)

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  2. Andy Powell says:

    It seems amazing (to me) that, in a Web world, identifier/URL is not seen as the critical piece of information needed for ‘cite’ – am I missing something?

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  4. JohnR says:

    @Andy identifier/ url came in third along with title – though far fewer people replied in that bit of the discussion.

  5. Peter Graves says:

    Seems to me that with modern search technology all of this meta is redundant, making your content easy to find by anyone based on what you actually put on the page, rather than hidden meta that may or may not represent the page content.

    Is this not just a heavyweight solution to a non-problem?

    • JohnR says:

      @Peter That’s an interesting point. One of the issues we’re looking at in the development programme is how to improve the search engine visibility of OERs and this is a key issue for any resource. However, the metadata remains very important for a number of reasons, briefly:
      1) the resources are also likely to be made available through specific applications which use the metadata to support refined and (more) precise searching as well as being likely to be used for the local management of resources
      2) not all the resources in question are text or have related text
      3) such metadata provides a step toward a web of linked data and may be sueful when considered limited sections of the web (searches within defined domains)
      4) the information in question is used by aggregation services (of which there are already several for OERs)
      I’m sure we’ll come back to this throughout the programme

  6. Lorna says:

    It’s notable that this was really the only time identifiers came up in the entire discussion.

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