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March 28, 2007

Thesis types in repositories

Filed under: E-Theses and ETD conference,Harvesting — Neil Godfrey @ 6:53 am

Australian-NZ repositories need to be able to separate their ADT material into a single Set for ADT harvesting.

Repository Metadata for thesis so far is generally in the following places:

Marc: 502

DC: type or DC:description

The ETD standard metadata is to use thesis.degree and qualifiers.

It’s probably a good idea to have ETD-MS in a thesis record for more than just ADT purposes. And if ETD-MS is in there, then ideally that could inform the RDF of the types of theses that are required for the ADT Set.

But how to get the ETD-MS data?

Most 502 MARC fields I know enter the generic “Thesis” instead of the name of the Thesis in the first part.

502 $a Thesis (PhD) — USQ, 2005

Can we get a program to read a MARCXML 502 field to translate the (PhD) part to be turned into “Doctor of Philosophy” as the value for the etdms:thesis.degree.name element, and then again into “doctoral” for the etdms:thesis.degree.level element?

What work would be involved? Thinking of additional namespaces and things in the data.

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