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Thursday, February 23, 2006

Managing downloaded eprints like MP3s

In June 2004, James Howison and Abby Goodrum asked, Why canít I manage academic papers like MP3s? They decided that the answer lies in metadata.
Why canít downloaded academic papers be managed in the simple and effective manner in which digital music files are managed? We make the case that the answer is different treatments of metadata. Two key differences are identified: Firstly, digital music metadata is standardized and moves with the content file, while academic metadata is not and does not. Secondly digital music metadata lookup services are collaborative and automate the movement from a digital file to the appropriate metadata, while academic metadata services do not.

Two days ago, Alf Eaton took a whack at solving this problem by proposing a way to manage metadata for Academic PDFs.