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Question: Finding information on the Web or on organisational Intranets is becoming more difficult, time-consuming and frustrating as the volume of information increases.
Can metadata provide a solution to these problems?

Write an essay in which you discuss and critically evaluate the role, current use and potential future use of metadata, including particular metadata schemas, in supporting more efficient and effective information retrieval within the context of either web sites or organisational Intranets.

Answer: Cawkell (1999), describes the web as ‘an informal mixture of records linked to pages consisting of articles, advertisements, people’s CVs, situations vacant, pornographic pictures, movie reviews, motion video, minutes of meetings, recipes and other items covering all aspects of human endeavour’. Clearly there is a need to bring order to the chaos of the web. In this essay I will introduce metadata, and the role it plays in bringing order to the afore mentioned chaos....(short extract)

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  • Subject: Computer Science
  • Course: Information Systems
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 68%
  • Words: 2397
  • Date submitted: September 29, 2009
  • Date written: February, 2005
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 2163

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