MetaSuite is DSTC’s answer to metadata
management. This Australian technology innovation is a powerful
and complete point solution toolset for creating and managing
high quality Dublin Core-style metadata repositories. It is scalable,
robust and can be tailored to meet specific needs of individual
portals. MetaSuite has been developed with a more rigorous metadata
classification system than traditional approaches such as Google.
This ensures that searches undertaken using MetaSuite are contextually
richer, and provide better quality end results. MetaSuite has
been in use commercially since 1999 and has a proven track record
in providing best practice metadata management for complex information
The MetaSuite Evaluation kit is available for download
22 April 2005
adds word and pattern queries, OAI sets and support for external indexers;
17 February 2005
adds OR queries and improved validation.
8 November 2004
provides major tailoring and performance enhancements.
MetaSuite has been implemented in Java for portability. It has
been tested on Microsoft Windows, Linux, Solaris, and other Unix
platforms. It provides all the components required to support
repositories in a single, unified, collaborative and customizable
package. MetaSuite has been designed to enhance metadata richness
and quality whilst adhering to Dublin Core, the most commonly
used international metadata standard. Features include:
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- Stand alone or embedded structure choice:
MetaSuite is a suite of components that can be configured
as a stand-alone metadata portal or embedded into a larger
- End user customisability: MetaSuite has
the distinctive capability of being flexible to the individual
needs of different information repositories without requiring
source code alterations.
- Powerful search interface: MetaSuite
has a contextually rich search capability with a range of
powerful features including, word and phrase searching,
stemming, optinoal case sensitivity, compound searches,
refinements and pattern matching.
- High quality search return: MetaSuite
records are rated according to how well they match the user's
- Rigorous Quality Checking: MetaSuite
ensures that data conforms rigidly to both industry and
local validation rules.
- Customisable Workflow: MetaSuite manages
the entire metadata creation and publication cycle.
- Metadata validation: MetaSuite can ensure
that all metadata records conform strictly to the relevant
metadata schemas. Support for the Dublin-Core, AGLS (AS5044),
and ANZLIC schemas is standard.
- Metadata vetting: MetaSuite supports
metadata quality control by means of a vetting workflow for
the metadata creation and publication process.
- Metadata access control: MetaSuite
provides a tailorable access control mechanism that
determines who can view, modify and vet metadata records.
- MetaCart: A shopping cart service for
locating records of interest.
The MetaSuite evaluation kit includes the OAI compliant HotMeta
metadata repository, query engine and associated tools, and the
MetaEdit metadata editor.
Implemented in pure Java™ for portability
- Requires JavaTM Standard Edition 1.4.x. Sun J2SE 1.4.2
- Validated on Sun Solaris/SPARC, Windows 2000/XP, and RedHat
- HotMeta requires an Oracle, MySQL, or Microsoft SQLServer
- HotMeta statistical reporting requires Perl.
Evaluation versions of HotMeta and MetaEdit may be downloaded
from the DSTC Demo Download page.
Licensing for all MetaSuite software may be purchased directly
from DSTC. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
for details on pricing.
DSTC offers support contracts for all MetaSuite products. For
more information, please contact email@example.com
Informal support questions and bug reports can be emailed to
Further Information regarding commercial or academic licensing,
technical support, pricing, support agreements, training, and
consulting, please contact:
The MetaSuite Product Manager
DSTC Pty Ltd
Level 7 GP South
The University of Queensland
Phone: +61 7 3365 4310
Fax: +61 7 3365 4311