Another article establishes the importance of metadata quality or consistency for retrieval. This is an issue we are facing more as metadata is aggregated from different metadata regimes.
The OAI Protocol for Metadata Harvesting has deservedly been hailed as an important tool in the development of digital libraries from multiple, dispersed digital collections. However, it is a tool designed only to easily move metadata from one place to another. To provide useful aggregation of metadata, it is clear that a non-trivial amount of mediation must take place. This pilot study helps to establish a baseline of metadata mediation that service providers may wish to consider. [Experiences of Educators Using a Portal of Aggregated Metadata: Shreeves and Kirkham: JoDI]
The group at UIUC continue to do interesting work.