Wednesday, March 03, 2004

Faceted Metadata

Faceted interfaces "Yes, the alternative is so-called faceted metadata. Like the facets on the diamond, faceted metadata allow you to look from different sides to the same information. Faceted metadata have the information organized on several dimensions (facets). The information has values on each of the facets. Readers find information by chosing values on each of the facets."

Faceted Metadata Search and Browse "Examples of faceted metadata include:

* Music store: songs have attributes such as artist, title, length, genre, date...
* Recipes: cuisine, main ingredients, cooking style, holiday...
* Travel site: articles have authors, dates, places, prices...
* Regulatory documents: product and part codes, machine types, expiration dates...
* Image collection: artist, date, style, type of image, major colors, theme..."

Both have screenshots of the faceted approach, although the second is a little more clear. Flamenco is often cited too. For example, Flamenco Fine Arts Search.
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