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Digital initiatives and metadata use in Thailand

Wichada SuKantarat (University of Vermont, University Libraries, Burlington, Vermont, USA)

Program: electronic library and information systems

ISSN: 0033-0337

Article publication date: 25 April 2008

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to provide information about various digital initiatives in libraries in Thailand and especially use of Dublin Core metadata in cataloguing digitized objects in academic and government digital databases. Design/methodology/approach – The author began researching metadata use in Thailand in 2003 and 2004 while on sabbatical from the University of Vermont. A small number of government libraries were in the process of building up their digital databases. These were identified from a survey conducted by the author at that time. The author continues to monitor the development of digital initiatives and has identified several new digital initiatives created by academic institutions since then. The digital initiatives operated by Thai government agencies and academic institutions that existed in 2007 are presented, along with one example of a metadata record randomly selected from each of these projects. These examples illustrate Dublin Core metadata use and cataloguing practice employed in these digital databases. The author's current research on the development of digital initiatives is included. Findings – This paper presents what the author feels are some significant technical and legal issues facing Thai digital initiatives. A major copyright issue in Thailand, the ineffective enforcement of intellectual property laws relating to access rights, is presented. Also discussed is the significant obstacle to record retrieval created by the structure and complexity of the Thai language. Originality/value – This paper identifies important issues and problems related to Thai digital initiatives and offers suggestions and comments aimed at enhancing the development and progress of digital initiatives both in the Thai library community and internationally.

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Citation

SuKantarat, W. (2008), "Digital initiatives and metadata use in Thailand", Program: electronic library and information systems, Vol. 42 No. 2, pp. 150-162. https://doi.org/10.1108/00330330810867701

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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