The Benefits of Metadata Ontology Standardization

etadata ontology mimics the bibliographical design commonly found on published works.  Standard semiotics is applied on metadata structures in order to create a uniform system of registry to facilitate information discovery.  This reflects the inherent nature of the Internet, where different icons, symbols, tags, and syntax are used to facilitate communication between computers.  As metadata is commonly used for electronic and digital media, the application of standardized ontology is important to enhance information or data exchange.

The use of standard metadata ontology can provide four benefits to users and developers of information.  First, queries would be more logical thus saving valuable time during a search for information.  The use of logical search terms can yield more accurate results.  This is possible only if the metadata structures of electronic media have standard ontological system.

Second, metadata ontology can also be used for very specific identification procedures.  This is useful for the communication processes of two separate computers or applications.  It can also be used for as standards for facilitating client and server interaction.  A standard set of language and symbols specifically designed to identify a user can be embedded in the application documentation.  These symbols will be included in the metadata information.  So when a communication process is requested, the recipient will recognize the sender thus facilitating secure transactions.

Lastly, an ontology based metadata can facilitate the organization and systematization of electronic library services.  Specific tags and symbols can be added to the metadata of a document or file to achieve automation of cataloguing techniques. 

All three benefits of using standard metadata ontology can significantly improve the flow of information and communication processes.

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