Re: HTML Metadata for other Web objects

Stu Weibel (
Fri, 25 Apr 1997 07:52:03 -0400

Date: Fri, 25 Apr 1997 07:52:03 -0400
From: (Stu Weibel)
Message-Id: <199704251152.HAA25686@orc.NISOR>
Subject: Re: HTML Metadata for other Web objects

As I have said earlier, the PICS 1.1 label facility is not of interest
to the metadata community.

The PICS-ng specification (which is not, as far as I know, now
available publically, in that it is being discussed by the working
group) will allow strings, substructure, qualifiers, and repeatable

Further, there are 4 association models of PICS metadata and resources:

   1. meta embedded in the resource header.  

      easy, requires no additional infrastructure, and readily
      harvestable, but perhaps not the best model for efficiency
      (bloated headers) and maintainability (keeping metadata
      consistent as resources are mirrored or copied will be a problem).

   2. resource embedded in a metadata wrapper.

      a useful model for wrapping images, for example.  same advantages 
      and disadvantages as #1

   3. coupled metadata

      metadata is tightly coupled to the resource, may travel with it, but
      is not embedded and can be handled as an object in its own right

   4. third party metadata

      metadata is linked to the resource by reference only; may or may
      not be created, maintained, distributed by the manager of the
      resource itself.  requires additional infrastructure (eg.
      database management tools)

      this is the model that third party rating providers (label
      bureaus) will be based on, but it is also the model for
      distributed resource cataloging that already predominates in the
      library world.

  Models 2,3, and 4 could be applied to non-html objects