Metadata of Art and Architecture Research Databases: The Value of Abstracts and Index Terms to Academics, Librarians, and Museum Professionals
Journal of Library Metadata, Vol. 8, No. 4, pp. 293-313, 2009
Posted: 6 Jul 2011 Last revised: 19 Aug 2014
Date Written: 2009
Against a backdrop of increasing access to full text and the perceived success of Web search engines, academic disciplines with highly specialized, if not esoteric, nomenclature remain in need of specially crafted metadata. Art history and the study of architecture represent two such disciplines. Historically, field-specific research databases have maintained canons of citations complemented with descriptive abstracting and precise indexing. Surveys of art and architectural historians identify the value of abstracting and indexing to scholarly research. The perceived importance indicates a need to integrate discipline-specific abstracts and vocabularies into the evolving Web-based infrastructure for searching of scholarly literature and to enable the continued production of such metadata.
Keywords: research databases, abstracts, indexing, index terms, thesauri, authoritative content
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