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Metadata assessment in e‐theses and dissertations of Canadian institutional repositories

Eun G. Park (School of Information Studies, McGill University, Quebec, Canada)
Marc Richard (Collection Services Department, McGill University Libraries, Quebec, Canada)

The Electronic Library

ISSN: 0264-0473

Article publication date: 7 June 2011




The aim of this study is to assess the metadata element sets of electronic theses and dissertations that are currently used at Canadian academic institutional repositories, and to discuss issues related to variations and inconsistencies in Dublin Core data used by participating repositories.


The formats and usage patterns of metadata elements at ten participating institutional repositories are identified and analyzed. Additionally, metadata element variations are grouped by different types.


Current metadata elements have a significant level of inconsistency and variation.

Research limitations/implications

The observations drawn from this study are limited to Canadian cases only. However, the results provide insights into developing a metadata framework for institutional repositories in other countries.


This study examines empirical data collected from data providers among Canadian institutional repositories. The result of this study may be beneficial to the achievement of interoperability across institutional repositories and to the development of a standardized application profile for Canadian institutional repositories.



Park, E.G. and Richard, M. (2011), "Metadata assessment in e‐theses and dissertations of Canadian institutional repositories", The Electronic Library, Vol. 29 No. 3, pp. 394-407.



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