Standardization metadata schema for securing interoperability : a case study at FORDA Digital Libraries-Indonesia


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Høgskolen i Oslo. Avdeling for journalistikk, bibliotek- og informasjonsfag

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Joint Master Degree in Digital Library Learning (DILL)


Metadata schema is very important and should be considered in a digital library. Metadata schema makes possible metadata interoperability in digital libraries. Standard metadata schema is needed for consistency and ensuring interoperability. We should also consider the requirements of partner library institutions for creating and developing the standard metadata schema. Without consider the requirements of those institutions, metadata interoperability is not going well. The aims of this study are to find out the issues of metadata interoperability for FORDA digital libraries and to give recommendation to secure the interoperability among them. This research uses a qualitative study approach and use case study as the research strategy. The case study of this research is FORDA digital libraries-Indonesia. Data collections techniques in this study are interview and documentation. The finding of this study shows that there are several issues which create interoperability problems in the current FORDA metadata schema, such as: complexity of the current FORDA metadata schema, different metadata format files and unavailability metadata import facility different metadata schema, extensibility the current FORDA metadata schema, lack of expertise, language problem, limited number of metadata element, and technological problem. Those issues are the important issues that must be consider when we create and develop the new standard metadata schema for secure interoperability among digital libraries. The findings also show that there are three recommendations for this study, such as: firstly, we recommend determining a standard metadata schema (INDOMARC) for securing interoperability among FORDA digital libraries. Secondly, we suggest using aggregation approach for securing interoperability among digital libraries which have multiple metadata schema and different requirements without determined a standard metadata schema. Thirdly, we propose the authority of FORDA digital libraries should take some initiative for securing interoperability among them. The recommendations are reasonable to develop and be able to implement so it makes interoperability among FORDA digital libraries is going well.


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