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Batch loading in metadata creation: a case study

Li Sun (Technical and Automated Services, Rutgers University Libraries, Piscataway, New Jersey, USA)

The Electronic Library

ISSN: 0264-0473

Article publication date: 9 August 2011




The purpose of this paper is to describe a workflow of automated batch‐loading metadata from existing text to a database.


It introduces a case for the experience of metadata creation at Rutgers University Libraries in a collaborative digital project with the Hoboken Public Library in New Jersey.


It is found that a well‐designed workflow is crucial to the success of metadata batch loading. It is also found that the metadata manager needs to collaborate with people of different roles and work carefully with data reorganization and transfer.

Practical implications

Metadata creation and management are an integrated component of any digital project. One's experience in metadata batch loading has practical significance that may be incorporated into the practice of other metadata projects. The workflow introduced in this paper will provide a valuable example for librarians and information professionals to consider or redesign their own digital efforts.


Based on a real exercise, this workflow has been proven to be unique and useful. It was, after the writing of this paper, applied to a new collaborative digital project and once again fulfilled the requirements for another batch‐transferring process.



Sun, L. (2011), "Batch loading in metadata creation: a case study", The Electronic Library, Vol. 29 No. 4, pp. 538-549.



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