Updating a community metadata standard: Challenges and outcomes
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In 2014 the Texas Digital Library (TDL) convened a working group, charged with updating the existing descriptive metadata standard for electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs), published by TDL in 2008. The metadata working group’s report and accompanying data dictionary were released in September of 2015 (http://hdl.handle.net/2249.1/68437). The group’s mixed-methods approach to revising the standard revealed divergences between the 2008 guidelines as they were originally published and the emergent practices of librarians, repository administrators, and others involved in ETD workflows. The updated standard needed to address and recommend significant changes to the Vireo ETD Submission Management System, also developed and hosted by TDL. In this presentation, members of the TDL ETD metadata working group will discuss the effort to update the standard, with a focus on negotiating barriers to dramatic shifts in community standards. We will also discuss outstanding issues, areas of future focus, and the difficult-to-achieve balance between ease of adoption and creating an optimal descriptive metadata standard.