Flexible Community-driven Metadata with the Component Metadata Infrastructure

M. Windhouwer, Twan Goosen, Jozef Mosutka, D. Van Uytvanck, D. Broeder

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Many researchers, from the humanities and other domains, have a strong need to study resources in close detail. Nowadays more and more of these resources are available online. To make these resources discoverable, they are described with metadata. These metadata records are collected and made available via central catalogues. Often, resource providers want to include specific properties of the resource in the metadata. The purpose of catalogues will be more generic and addresses a broader target audience. It is hard to strike the balance between these two ends of the spectrum with one metadata schema, and mismatches can negatively impact the quality of metadata provided. The European CLARIN infrastructure (CLARIN ERIC, 2016b) was confronted with this specific problem, and designed a solution based on a flexible mechanism to build resource specific metadata schemas, potentially using domain, community or project specific terminology, out of shared components and semantics. This paper introduces this approach and the infrastructure built for it, which is applicable to any domain with the same needs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigital Humanities 2016: Conference Abstracts
Place of PublicationKraków
PublisherJagiellonian University & Pedagogical University
ISBN (Print)978–83–942760–3–4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2016


  • metadata
  • infrastructure
  • community driven
  • flexibility


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