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Creating metadata practices for MIT’s OpenCourseWare Project

Rebecca L. Lubas (Special Formats Cataloging Librarian, at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA)
Robert H.W. Wolfe (Metadata Specialist and Head, Metadata Unit at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA)
Maximilian Fleischman (Metadata Production Assistant, at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date: 1 June 2004

Abstract

The MIT libraries were called upon to recommend a metadata scheme for the resources contained in MIT’s OpenCourseWare (OCW) project. The resources in OCW needed descriptive, structural, and technical metadata. The SCORM standard, which uses IEEE Learning Object Metadata for its descriptive standard, was selected for its focus on educational objects. However, it was clear that the Libraries would need to recommend how the standard would be applied and adapted to accommodate needs that were not addressed in the standard’s specifications. The newly formed MIT Libraries Metadata Unit adapted established practices from AACR2 and MARC traditions when facing situations in which there were no precedents to follow.

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Lubas, R.L., Wolfe, R.H.W. and Fleischman, M. (2004), "Creating metadata practices for MIT’s OpenCourseWare Project", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 22 No. 2, pp. 138-143. https://doi.org/10.1108/07378830410524567

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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