The NDLTD may not have the status of an international standard metadata schema for online theses and dissertations, but it certainly has established a lead throughout the US, Canada, UK, France and Germany at least. It is far from confined to the US. It is used by/used as a mappable set of elements with Library and Archives Canada (LAC), the EThOS’s UKETD-DC, Theses Electroniques Francaises (TEF), Germany’s XMetaDiss, and also within the Texas Digital Library Consortium’s MODS schema for theses. And much of the USA of course.
It certainly has a widely recognized lead. Nothing wrong with using something like ETD-MS in any Australian repository for starters. But are there any strong arguments against getting started with it or an application of it now? There is still a long way to go, since it is itself a minimal metadata set for basic ETD requirements. But it would be a strong starting point for getting Australia’s repository theses and dissertations potentially equally ranking in the harvesting stakes.
ETD-MS kicks in where DC leaves off, by applying the following metadata elements in addition to DC elements:
UKETD-DC uses the terms type.qualificationname and type.qualificationlevel to match the first 2 ETD-MS terms.
A MODS application employs these terms:
<mods : extension>
<mods : name type=”corporate”>
<mods : namePart>
<mods : namePart>
<mods : role>
<mods : roleTerm>Degree grantor
The DC elements that these supplement in ETD-MS are:
In the above, dc.publisher is reserved for a commercial publisher in those cases where the thesis is actually (commercially) published. UKETD-DC uses the term “publisher.institution” for the thesis granting institution.
ETD-MS uses dc.contributor and dc.contributor.role for a thesis advisor or supervisor. Eprints and DSpace repositories also use the terms Supervisor (Eprints) and contributor.advisor (DSpace) for the supervisor/advisor.
There are still unresolved issues: e.g. the different natures of a particular thesis type — e.g. professional or coursework doctorates as opposed to research doctorates.
There still needs to be an ADT set for OAI harvesting.
And preservation metadata also needs addressing — a future post for that one.
MARC can be used for these ETD-MS terms or matching ones, too:
502 a for the thesis.degree.name
502 a for the thesis.degree.level (some tinkering will need to be done by IT staff to break these two elements, and other data below, into something sensible)
710 b for the thesis.degree.discipline
502 a or 710 a, b for thesis.degree.grantor
etd schema compared (corrected) — pdf file (you may have to refresh your browser screen to remove the old file display from the cache)