Journal of Theoretical and Applied Information Technology
DHT-based P2P systems have the ability to map a resource's identifier to its location, so a resource can be located by the unique identifier of the resource. In such systems users must know the identifier of a resource exactly to find the resource. However, a resource cannot be described accurately and integrally only by an identifier for the variety and complexity of resources, and needs multiple properties, i.e. metadata, are needed. In this paper, the authors proposed a flexible sharing method for DHT-based P2P networks using the metadata of resources.