|Title:||Introduction to Metadata Application Profiles|
Successful data sharing requires that users of your data understand the data format, the data semantics, and the rules that govern your particular use of terms and values. Sharing often means the creation of “cross-walks” that transfer data from one schema to another using some or all of this information. However, cross-walks are time-consuming because the information that is provided is neither standardized nor machine-readable. Application profiles aim to make sharing data more efficient and more effective. They can also do much more than facilitate sharable data: APs can help metadata developers clarify and express design options; they can be a focus for consensus within a community; they can drive user interfaces; and they can be the basis for quality control. Machine-actionable APs could become a vital tool in the metadata toolbox and there is a clear need for standardization. Communities such as Dublin Core™ and the World Wide Web Consortium are among those working in this area.