Repository metadata: Approaches and challenges

John W. Chapman, David Reynolds, Sarah L. Shreeves

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Many institutional repositories have pursued a mixed metadata
environment, relying on description by multiple workflows. Strategies
may include metadata converted from other systems, metadata
elicited from the document creator or manager, and metadata created
by library or repository staff. Additional editing or proofing
may or may not occur. The mixed environment brings challenges
of creation, management, and access. In this article, repository efforts
at three major universities are discussed. All three repositories
run on the DSpace software package, and the opportunities and
limitations of that system will be examined. The authors discuss
local strategies in light of current thinking on metadata creation,
user behavior, and the aggregation of heterogeneous metadata. The
contrasts between the mission of each repository effort will show the
importance of local customization, while the experience of all three
institutions forms the basis for recommendations on strategies of
benefit to a wide range of librarians and repository planners.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)309-325
JournalCataloging and Classification Quarterly
Issue number3/4
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • institutional repository
  • Metadata

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences


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