Peter Withers


A Data Category Registry- and Component-based Metadata Framework
Daan Broeder | Marc Kemps-Snijders | Dieter Van Uytvanck | Menzo Windhouwer | Peter Withers | Peter Wittenburg | Claus Zinn
Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'10)

We describe our computer-supported framework to overcome the rule of metadata schism. It combines the use of controlled vocabularies, managed by a data category registry, with a component-based approach, where the categories can be combined to yield complex metadata structures. A metadata scheme devised in this way will thus be grounded in its use of categories. Schema designers will profit from existing prefabricated larger building blocks, motivating re-use at a larger scale. The common base of any two metadata schemes within this framework will solve, at least to a good extent, the semantic interoperability problem, and consequently, further promote systematic use of metadata for existing resources and tools to be shared.