Aiding eBook Discovery using Smarter Metadata

Today in The Scholarly Kitchen, Alix Vance, Founder of Architrave Consulting, posted a really informative article on the discovery of eBooks and eJournal content from gateway sites.

She stated, “Publishers often discuss distinctions between e-book and e-journal business and access models, but the truly complex differences in e-books and e-journals reside beneath the surface, in the metadata layer. Understanding and compensating for these differences is essential for interoperable content discovery and navigation when mixed e-book and e-journal content is delivered in large-scale databases, which is increasingly the norm.

Until the evolution of semantic technologies reduces our reliance on catalog and bibliographic records for information discovery and contextualization, nothing supports research discovery better than pristine, consistent, and granular metadata.”

The full article, Smarter Metadata – Aiding Discovery in Next Generation E-book and E-Journal Gateways – is available on The Scholarly Kitchen.