XML (Extensible Markup Language) is the lingua franca in contemporary networked
environments. It is intended to support communication between software modules,
particularly on the Web, as well as communication between people involved in
developing new XML-based solutions. Developing the new solutions for a specifi c
domain or for a particular organization requires understanding the capabilities and
challenges of XML-based information management. This understanding should be
shared by professionals with various backgrounds, including technological experts
and experts in a particular domain or organizational environment.
The book aims to provide understanding of the possibilities and challenges of
XML in building new information management solutions in networked organizations.
It fi rst describes the special features of Web communication and introduces XML
fundamentals. Then it examines the benefi ts of adopting XML in an organization
and introduces various types of XML use: XML in document management; XML as
a format for metadata, including metadata for the Semantic Web; and XML in support
of data interchange between software applications and organizations. The challenges
of adopting XML in large-scale information migration are examined at the end of
the book. The book provides several case studies of the adoption of XML.
This book is particularly suitable for a course offered by departments or schools of
Information Studies, Information Systems, or Information Technology. It is also suitable
for courses offered by departments or schools in related fi elds, including Computer
Science, Library Studies, and Business. In addition, this book also serves as a guide to
practice for professionals in information or communication technologies.