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Intermediary XML schemas

Gartner, R. (2018). Intermediary XML schemas. (Unpublished Doctoral thesis, City, University of London)

Abstract

The methodology of intermediary XML schemas is introduced and its application to complex metadata environments is explored. Intermediary schemas are designed to mediate to other ‘referent’ schemas: instances conforming to these are not generally intended for dissemination but must usually be realized by XSLT transformations for delivery. In some cases, these schemas may also generate instances conforming to themselves. Three subsidiary methods of this methodology are introduced. The first is application-specific schemas that act as intermediaries to established schemas which are problematic by virtue of their over-complexity or flexibility. The second employs the METS packaging standard as a template for navigating instances of a complex schema by defining an abstract map of its instances. The third employs the METS structural map to define templates or conceptual models from which instances of metadata for complex applications may be realized by XSLT transformations. The first method is placed in the context of earlier approaches to semantic interoperability such as crosswalks, switching across, derivation and application profiles. The second is discussed in the context of such methods for mapping complex objects as OAI-ORE and the Fedora Content Model Architecture. The third is examined in relation to earlier approaches to templating within XML architectures. The relevance of these methods to contemporary research is discussed in three areas: digital ecosystems, archival description and Linked Open Data in digital asset management and preservation. Their relevance to future research is discussed in the form of suggested enhancements to each, a possible synthesis of the second and third to overcome possible problems of interoperability presented by the first, and their potential role in future developments in digital preservation. This methodology offers an original approach to resolving issues of interoperability and the management of complex metadata environments; it significantly extends earlier techniques and does so entirely within XML architectures.

Publication Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Departments: Doctoral Theses
Doctoral Theses > School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering Doctoral Theses
School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering > Library & Information Science
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/20288
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