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Title:Harvesting cultural heritage metadata using the OAI protocol
Author(s):Shreeves, Sarah L.; Kaczmarek, Joanne S.; Cole, Timothy W.
Subject(s):Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI PMH)
Metadata aggregation
Abstract:In July of 2001, with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign undertook a project to test the efficacy of using the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting to construct a search and discovery service focused on information resources in the domain of cultural heritage. To date, the Illinois project has indexed over two million Dublin Core metadata records contributed by 38 metadata repositories in the museum, academic library, and digital library project communities. These records describe a mix of digital and analog primary content. Our analysis of these metadata records demonstrates wide divergence in descriptive metadata practices and the use and interpretation of Dublin Core metadata elements. Differences are particularly notable by community. This article provides an overview of the Illinois project, presents quantitative data about divergent metadata practices and element usage patterns, and details implications for metadata providers and harvesting services.
Issue Date:2003
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing
Citation Info:Final author manuscript (post peer review) version of Sarah L. Shreeves, Joanne S. Kaczmarek, Timothy W. Cole, (2003) "Harvesting cultural heritage metadata using the OAI Protocol", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 21 Iss: 2, pp.159 - 169
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Sponsor:The University of Illinois Open Archives Initiative Metadata Harvesting Project, including the research described in this article, was funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Rights Information:This article is (c) Emerald Group Publishing and permission has been granted for this version to appear here in IDEALS. Emerald does not grant permission for this article to be further copied/distributed or hosted elsewhere without the express permission from Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-02-06

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