At MIT we do not review the metadata supplied by depositors, but some of it
comes from our own OPAC
(if it was a collection that happened to be cataloged by the library) and
so has had authority control done.
Other institutions I know of are doing more reviewing and editing, so
hopefully they'll speak up for
themselves about how they're handling that.
In the future we at MIT hope to do some development work on automated
authority control, working with
OCLC and local name authority files, but I couldn't say when we might get
to that. It's possible that
another institution will decide to tackle it before we do, and that should
hopefully cut down on how much
reviewing and editing by library staff is needed.
At 08:46 AM 11/23/2004 -0500, Wayne Jones wrote:
>We're just in the process of setting up our DSpace-based repository at
>Queen's University, and we are thinking of basic issues such as workflow,
>accuracy and consistency of metadata, and authority control. I've found a
>few documents here and there on some DSpace sites dealing with the issue,
>but I'd be interested to hear about other libraries' policies and practices.
>Do you have a procedure in place so that the metadata input by submitters
>is reviewed by library (or other) staff -- and, if so, does that review
>entail standard authority control practices used in libraries, such as
>checking authoritative sources and thesauri for forms of headings?
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