Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Interoperability means many things

I like to think about interoperability in terms of invariants - what does not change when the context changes? Interoperability is about defining and ensuring invariance. For metadata, we can therefore have syntactic invariance when syntaxes are produced and consumed in the same way. Semantic invariance is something else entirely and deals with making sure humans and machines interpret metadata in the same way. This blog will focus on my PhD thesis on metadata interoperability and the future of metadata interoperability.

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