Metadata for special collections in CONTENTdm: How to improve interoperability of unique fields through OAI-PMH

Myung Ja Han, Christine Cho, Timothy W. Cole, Amy S. Jackson

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Abstract

Collection curators develop locally defined unique fields to support local requirements. As per the guidelines of the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH), Simple Dublin Core is the minimum requirement for exposing metadata to aggregators. Oftentimes the level of specificity of unique local fields is not translated well to Dublin Core, which may hinder the interoperability of the item metadata record. This paper researched 21 digital collections that were hosted in CONTENTdm. The objective was to explore the use and issues of unique fields in local context and recommend best practices that will increase the interoperability of metadata for special collections.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-238
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Library Metadata
Volume9
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

Keywords

  • CONTENTdm
  • Dublin core
  • Interoperability
  • Mapping
  • Metadata
  • Metadata standards
  • OAI-PMH
  • Special collections

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences

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