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Title:A Case Study of Information Representation in a Kuwaiti News Archive
Author(s):Aljalahmah, Saleh; Zavalina, Oksana L.
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Digital Collections
Abstract:This publication presents selected preliminary results of the exploratory study that is being conducted with the goal of developing understanding of the current state of information representation and knowledge organization in digital cultural heritage collections in Arabian Gulf countries and perspectives for future development. The case study reported here is focused on Alqabas newspaper archive in Kuwait, an early adopter and a leader in digital collection management among the news agencies in the region. The mixed-methods case study combined semi-structured interview of the archive manager and in-depth content analysis of a sample of metadata records that represent items in archival collections. Metadata practices observed in this study include the use of two different locally-developed metadata element sets and a major regional standard controlled vocabulary, variability in application of several metadata fields, some completeness, consistency and accuracy issues, non-harvestable metadata, as well as the lack of metadata creation guidelines and professional training for metadata creators. The findings uncover potential barriers and solutions to metadata interoperability in an aggregated environment for regional projects such as the Digital Library of the Middle East.
Issue Date:2021-03-17
Genre:Conference Poster
Rights Information:Copyright 2021 is held by Saleh Aljalahmah and Oksana L. Zavalina. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-03-19

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