Title

Web indexing with meta fields: A survey of Web objects in polymer chemistry

Authors

J Qin
K Wesley

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-1-1998

Department

Library and Information Science

Abstract

Four Web search engines-Alta Vis ta, Lycos, Excite, and Webcrawler-were used to collect data on Web objects in polymer chemistry. One thousand thirty-seven Web objects were examined for data in four categories: document information, use of meta fields, use of images, and use of chemical names. Issues raised include whether to provide metadata elements for parts of en titles or whole entities only, the use of meta syntax, problems it representation of special types of objects, and whether links should be considered when encoding metadata. Use of metafields teas not widespread in the sample, and knowledge of meta fields in HTML varied greatly among Web object creators. This article is part of the result from the metadata project funded by OCLC Library and Information Science Research Grant Program.

Publication Title

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND LIBRARIES

Volume

17

Issue

3

First Page

149

Last Page

156