An article on shareable metadata in First Monday points out the fact that if harvesting protocols like OAI are going to work, they need metadata which works when placed outside its local context.

The article suggests various stratgies for metadata providers to ensure their data makes sense when mixed with others’ metadata – consistency, content and coherence are three of the six key issues. Digital resource creators would do well to heed them.

But is this enough? With more and more metadata being created is it possible to rely on each and every metadata provider creating quality, consistent metadata at a local and national level?

Or do we need more intelligent, machine-driven ways of interpreting and mapping metadata in order to aggregate it and present it to the end user in a meaningful way?