Friday, September 23, 2011

Developing a Metadata Application Profile for Sharing Agricultural Scientific and Scholarly Research Resources

This article describes the development of the VOA3R Metadata Application Profile to facilitate the description, dissemination and reuse of research results in the fields of Agriculture and Aquaculture within a federation of open access repositories. VOA3R is a research project aspiring to deploy an advanced, community-focused integrated platform for the retrieval of relevant open content and data that supports explicit models of the scholarly lifecycle and the practical tasks targeted by applied research. The article details the phased implementation of the core VOA3R application profile relating to the description of scholarly resources. The development process has been based upon the methodology and components of the Singapore Framework for Dublin Core Application Profiles: functional requirements, domain model, description set profile, usage guidelines and data format. Maximum interoperability, reuse of existing mature metadata standards, long-term quality control and extensibility for addressing further community needs, constitute the main benefits of this approach.

Contributed by Nikos Diamantopoulos, Cleo Sgouropoulou, Kostas Kastrantas & Nikos Manouselis.

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  2. Very interesting! Especially the description of how you approached the DC application profile development together with the BPMN diagram, provides great insight and documentation for further or similar work with DC adaptations.

  3. Interesting to see that it is not lack of metadata that complicates it. It is metadata in the context of DC that is hard to interpret.

    Table 3. If you like to dig into the different publication status of a resource you could take alook the DRIVER guidelines and the work they refer to.

  4. This is indeed a very interesting and detailed account on developing an AP. Perhaps it be may of interest to consult the work of Jane Greenberg on lifecycle modeling of metadata (Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, 47 (3), pp. 380-402); or her work in the HIVE project. Also, I was wondering if and how your process will include, or rather can be applied to metadata for scientific data repositories.

  5. Now here's a presentation where the slides are actually the speakers manuscript. It does not confer any extra information to the audience - on the contrary, it takes away their concentration because we try to read and listen at the same time.