Metadata Resources Pattern

Signposting the Scholarly Web

To help machines discover the metadata resources pertaining to a scholarly object, use the describedby link relation type to link from the object's landing page to a URI where metadata for the object is accessible.

To help machines that landed on a metadata resource pertaining to a scholarly object discover its landing page, use the describes link relation type (the inverse of describedby) to link from the metadata resource to the landing page.

For both describedby and describes links: The below examples illustrate the use of describedby and describes links in HTTP Link headers. describedby links can also be provided in a landing page's HTML link element and/or in a Link Set that is discoverable from the landing page. However, since most metadata resources are not HTML, describes links can typically only be provided in the HTTP Link header of metadata resources and/or in a Link Set that is discoverable from the metadata resource.

Metadata Resources Scenarios

  • Landing Page ➞ Metadata Resources

    A typical landing page for a scholarly object links to metadata resources in various formats.
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  • Landing Page (which is a Content Resource) ➞ Metadata Resources

    Sometimes a landing page for a scholarly object is an HTML rendering of an article. It can still link to metadata that describes the scholarly object in various formats.
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