Scientific Information Systems and Metadata

  • M. Grötschel
  • J. Lügger
Part of the Studies in Classification, Data Analysis, and Knowledge Organization book series (STUDIES CLASS)


This article begins with a short survey on the history of the classification of knowledge. It briefly discusses the traditional means of keeping track of scientific progress, i.e., collecting, classifying, abstracting, and reviewing all publications in a field. The focus of the article, however, is on modern electronic information and communication systems that try to provide high-quality information by automatic document retrieval or by using metadata, a new tool to guide search engines. We report, in particular, on efforts of this type made jointly by a number of German scientific societies. A full version of this paper including all hypertext references, links to online papers and references to the literature can be found under the URL:


Search Engine Digital Library Resource Description Framework Metadata Element Authority File 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Grötschel
    • 1
  • J. Lügger
    • 1
  1. 1.Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum für Informationstechnik Berlin (ZIB)Berlin-DahlemGermany

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