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DOI:   10.3217/jucs-010-06-0740


An Investigation into Sharing Metadata: "I'm not thinking what you are thinking"

Simone Stumpf (University College London, United Kingdom)

Janet McDonnell (University College London, United Kingdom)

Abstract: A small collection of metadata concepts has been jointly negotiated among a group of specialists to be relevant for classifying data used in their field. A series of comparisons are made to test levels of agreement between individuals when these concepts are used to tag data items. Inter-coder agreement measures are presented for a range of data sets and individuals with varying relationships to the data sets. The implications of the results for the use of metadata as a supporting mechanism for knowledge sharing are discussed.

Keywords: agreement, knowledge sharing, metadata

Categories: H.1, H.3, H.4