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Open Metadata

July 26th, 2011 by Graham Attwell

Unlocking the descriptive information or metadata about digital content, articles, books and research is the key to making it more useful, according to the JISC-funded resource discovery taskforce as it embarks on a new programme of work.

If all UK metadata was made openly accessible, the taskforce says, then the resources themselves would be more visible and it would be easier to build innovative new ways for researchers, teachers and students to explore the resources.

Rachel Bruce, innovation director of the digital infrastructure at JISC, said: “JISC advocates wide and easy access to resources for use in education and research. The new work programme called Discovery along with the open metadata principles underpin an approach that will help drive an innovative infrastructure and make sure that the UK’s future researchers and students can more effectively access and use content resources.

For more information see the full Jisc press release.

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