On 03/13/2009 10:41 AM, Will Barratt wrote:
> Here at Indiana State University we are moving to ETDs
> and the library
> staff want to know which Mark Fields are commonly used for keywords
> provided by students.
Just so you know, when librarians get all jargon-y, we're talking about
MARC fields, where "MARC" is a forty year-old data format that made
sense, at the time, to no one but us (acronym for MAchine Readable
> We have students provide five keywords on their
> title page, and these are student generated and do now match subject
> headings. I am asking on behalf of the library staff.
I hope your librarians aren't dreaming that students can be asked to
provide valid subject headings from a controlled vocabulary.
I also hope your ETD program won't use MARC as its native data format.
You'll want to get the ETD content into a repository platform that's
flexible enough to store the metadata as you need it, and then export it
on demand in MARC (or Dublin Core, or ETD-MS, for example). Then you
just store keywords as "keywords" and ask your librarians what field
they want "keywords" to map to in MARC exports.
This may be helpful information for your library catalogers. When we
export our ETD records in MARC format, the student-provided keywords get
<marc:datafield tag="650" ind1=" " ind2="4">
Where field 650 is a topical subject (as opposed to a geographical and
'ind2="4"' specifies that we don't specify any particular source for the
Other ETD sites that export MARC records put author keywords in 653
fields (Index Term - Uncontrolled). It wouldn't surprise me if others
stuck them in a generic Notes field (field 500).
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