Institute for Learning and Research Technology

RDN-WSE - Web Crawling High-Quality Metadata using RDF and Dublin Core

David Beckett
Institute for Learning and Research Technology
University of Bristol


This report describes how combining high quality resource description with a web crawler using simple Dublin Core and the RDF model created a novel search system for the teaching, learning and research communities. The prototype gave the major benefits of both - returning high quality resources as well as timely and more widespread resources. It also provided new features such as presenting the provenance of the discovered resources, improving cross-subject area discovery and was capable of integrating well with other emerging semantic web systems such as web page annotations.

This report describes work done as part of the WSE project funded by the ILRT and the RDN/WSE project funded by the Resource Discovery Network (RDN).