Where can I find more information about data standards, metadata and subject headings?
LawAccess NSW has published a Guide to the Justice Sector Metadata Standard. The guide explains how LawAccess Online operates and why organisations should add metadata to web resources. It is a practical guide for organisations publishing community legal information on the Internet.
Guide to the Justice Sector Metadata Standard: Providing pathways to community legal information
What is metadata?
Metadata is information describing the content of a document, its location and intellectual property rights. It allows people to find information more effectively in a similar fashion to a library catalogue. Metadata will include information such as author, title, publication date and subject matter of the resource.
On a website, metadata is contained in a set of elements (or fields) that can be used by search engines to find, sort and rank the information within that website. The elements can be created by the author of the resource or a third party, and are not usually visible to the website's users. The search engine may display metadata such as title and description in the search results to help customers select which resource meets their needs.
What is the Justice Sector Metadata Standard (JSMS)?
The Justice Sector Metadata Standard sets out the metadata elements required to allow consistent retrieval of legal information by search facilities. The standard caters for legal specific information such as jurisdiction, act name and the distinction between primary and secondary materials (legislation vs guides to the law).
The Justice Sector Metadata Standard arose from the work of the Legal Information Standards Council (LISC) and the LawZone trial (LawZone: A new way of searching, improving community access to legal information on the Internet 1999).
How does JSMS schema fit in with other standards?
The Justice Sector Metadata Standard is based on the Australian Government Locator Service (AGLS) metadata schema. AGLS metadata is the standard set of metadata elements for describing Australian government resources on the internet.
The AGLS is based on the international Dublin Core (DC) standard that is commonly used in many countries. The use of common standards means that metadata can be exchanged between agencies.
What are the JSMS fields?
The following list includes the standard metadata fields for the justice sector.
* DC.Type.documentType [ JSMS.Category]
* Indicates that the field is compulsory.
This example shows metadata is for an HTML page published by the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board.
<TITLE>Race Discrimination: Your Rights</TITLE>
<meta name="DC.Title" content="Race Discrimination: Your Rights">
<meta name="DC.Creator" content="Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW (ADB)">
<meta name="Dc.Publisher" content="New South Wales Attorney General's Department">
<meta name="Dc.Rights" content= “http://www.lawlink.nsw.gov.au/lawlink.nsf/pages/disclaimer”>
<meta name="DC.Subject" scheme="LIAC" content="discrimination – race”>
<KEYWORDS>harassment; race; ethnic; indigenous; aborigine; colour</KEYWORDS>
<meta name="DC.Description" content="This page provides information on your rights if your have been treated unfairly because of your race in New South Wales, Australia.">
<DESCRPTION> This page provides information on your rights if your have been treated unfairly because of your race in New South Wales, Australia.</DESCRIPTION>
<meta name="DC.Language" scheme="RFC3066" content="en">
<meta name="DC.Coverage" scheme="ISO3166" content="au">
<meta name="DC.Coverage.Jurisdiction" scheme=”AglsJuri” content="nsw">
<meta name="DC.Coverage.spatial" scheme=”” content="">
<meta name="DC.Date.Created" SCHEME="IS08601" content="1998-07-02">
<meta name="DC.Date.Modified" SCHEME="IS08601" content="2000-11-24">
<meta name=" DC.Type.DocumentType" scheme="JSMS.Category" content="Factsheet">
<meta name="DC.Type.Category" content="Document">
<meta name="DC.Format" SCHEME="IMT" content="text/html">
<meta name="DC.Identifier" scheme="URI" content="http://www.lawlink.nsw.gov.au/abd.nsf/pages/race">
<meta name="AGLS.Availability" content="">
<meta name="AGLS.Audience" scheme="Agls-audience" content="">
<meta name="Admin.Creator" content="smith, jane">
<meta name="Admin.DateCreated" scheme="IS08601" CONTENT="1998-07-02">
<meta name="Admin.DateValidTo" scheme="IS08601" CONTENT="2002-11-10">