Customized Mapping and Metadata Transfer from Dspace to OCLC to Improve ETD Work Flow


Customized Mapping and Metadata Transfer from Dspace to OCLC to Improve ETD Work Flow


Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to present methods for customized mapping and metadata transfer from DSpace to Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), which aims to improve Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) work flow at libraries using DSpace to store theses and dissertations by automating the process of generating MARC records from Dublin Core (DC) metadata in DSpace and exporting them to OCLC. Design/methodology/approach - This paper discusses how the Shocker Open Access Repository (SOAR) at Wichita State University (WSU) Libraries and ScholarsArchive at Oregon State University (OSU) Libraries harvest theses data from the DSpace platform using the Metadata Harvester in MarcEdit developed by Terry Reese at OSU Libraries. It analyzes certain challenges in transformation of harvested data including handling of authorized data, dealing with data ambiguity and string processing. It addresses how these two institutions customize Library of Congress's XSLT (eXtensible Stylesheet Language Transformations) mapping to transfer DC metadata to MarcXML metadata and how they export MARC data to OCLC and Voyager. Findings - The customized mapping and data transformation for ETD data can be standardized while also requiring a case?by?case analysis. By offering two institutions' experiences, it provides information on the benefits and limitations for those institutions that are interested in using MarcEdit and customized XSLT to transform their ETDs from DSpace to OCLC and Voyager. Originality/value - The new method described in the paper can eliminate the need for double entry in DSpace and OCLC, meet local needs and significantly improve ETD work flow. It offers perspectives on repurposing and managing metadata in a standard and customizable way.


Deng, Sai


Emerald Group Publishing Limited




publication; text; journal article


DOI: 10.1108/03074800910954271

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Deng, S. & Reese, T. (2009). Customized mapping and metadata transfer from DSpace to OCLC to improve ETD work flow, New Library World, Vol. 110 Issue: 5/6, pp.249-264, doi: 10.1108/03074800910954271

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Deng, Sai, “Customized Mapping and Metadata Transfer from Dspace to OCLC to Improve ETD Work Flow,” CALASYS - CALA Academic Resources & Repository System, accessed May 30, 2024,