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The EThOS UKETD_DC application profile

This is the core set of metadata for UK theses which was developed to ensure all theses are described in a clear and consistent way, allowing users to find the theses they seek and institutions to share the data between repositories where required.

Institutions are encouraged to include as many elements as possible, and EThOS will harvest all elements Those marked optional will contribute to producing comprehensive metadata and better information for users of EThOS and other repositories, whilst those marked mandatory are the essential fields that should be completed if at all possible. If these are missing, the performance of the EThOS service could be affected.

The uketd_dc application profile consists of:
  • standard DC elements and recommended qualifiers
  • uketd_dc ‘namespace’ (domain specific) extensions – ‘uketdterms’
Use key:

M = Mandatory
A = Mandatory if applicable
O = Optional

More information about the data elements is available here.

Element Comments Use
Title
<dc:title>
Full title, including any subtitle. Separate title from subtitle(s) using space colon space ( : ). Use sentence case.
M
Alternative Title
<dcterms:alternative>
Other titles for the work, e.g. title in another language.
O
Author
<dc:creator>
The author of the work as presented on the title page. Separate the surname (or family name) from the forenames, given names or initials with a comma (e.g. Smith, Andrew J.) Follow each initial by a full-stop; separate initials by a space.
M
Supervisor(s)/Advisor(s)
<uketdterms:advisor>
Thesis supervisor, other supervisors, and advisors. Format as for author.
O
Abstract
<dcterms:abstract>
Brief summary of the thesis
O
Awarding Institution
<uketdterms:institution>
Name of institution awarding degree
M
Year of Award
<dcterms:issued>1
Year the thesis was awarded
M
Type
<dc:type>
Material type, i.e. Thesis
M
Qualification level
<uketdterms:qualificationlevel>
Academic level, e.g. Doctoral, Masters (only Doctoral theses are included in EThOS)
M
Qualification name
<uketdterms:qualificationname>
Name of the degree, e.g. Ph.D., M.D.
M
Language
<dc:language
xsi:type="dcterms:ISO639-2">
ISO639-2 language code for the main language of the text, e.g eng
A
Sponsors/Funders
<uketdterms:sponsor>
Name of any institution(s) funding the research, in whole or in part
A
Grant number
<uketdterms:grantnumber>
Grant number allocated by funding body
O
Institutional Repository URL
<dcterms:isReferencedBy>
Link to the Institutional Repository page for the thesis
A
URL for digital object(s)
<dc:identifier
xsi:type="dcterms:URI">
URL for the digital object (and any associated data files) for full-text harvesting by EThOS
A
Embargo date
<uketdterms:embargodate>
Date before which the thesis may not be made available on open access
A
Embargo type
<uketdterms:embargotype>
To be used if only part of the thesis is embargoed. Value = Partial
A
Rights
<dc:rights>
Statement relating to restrictions on access, other than embargoes
A
Subject keywords
<dc:subject>
Important keywords to aid retrieval
O
DDC
<dc:subject xsi:type =
“dcterms:DDC”>
Dewey Decimal Classification
O
LLC
<dc:subject xsi:type =
“dcterms:LCC”>
Library of Congress Classification
O
LCSH
<dc:subject xsi:type =
“dcterms:LCSH”>
Library of Congress Subject Headings
O
MESH
<dc:subject xsi:type =
“dcterms:MESH”>
Medical Subject Headings
O
Author Affiliation
<uketdterms:department>
Name of school, department, centre, faculty or college where the author was based
O
Work Identifier(s)
<dc:identifier>
Identifier(s) for the thesis e.g. DOI, ISBN, ISTC
O
Author Identifier(s)
<uketdterms:authoridentifier>
Identifiers for the author, e.g. HUSID, ISNI, ORCID
O
1 Should be <dcterms:dateAccepted> - See test instance metadata on the Toolkit

Note: All elements are repeatable. If multiple terms need to be included in a single element, repeat the element (e.g. if there are multiple sponsors/funders of the research, include the name of each sponsor/funder in a separate <uketdterms:sponsor> element).

EThOS OAI uketd_dc XML schema

In order to use uketd_dc for OAI harvesting – and other methods of metadata transfer – it is necessary to implement it using an XML schema that defines the uketd_dc records format. The schema we have developed conforms to the Guidelines for implementing Dublin Core in XML (http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/metadata/dcmi/dc-xml-guidelines/). It provides a qualified DC application, supporting all DCMI terms(external link) and the following EThOS additions:

o Sets the container element to 'uketd_dc:uketddc'
o Adds the following elements:
  • uketdterms:advisor
  • uketdterms:sponsor
  • uketdterms:grantnumber
  • uketdterms:institution
  • uketdterms:department
  • uketdterms:embargotype
  • uketdterms:embargodate
  • uketdterms:qualificationname
  • uketdterms:qualificationlevel

EThOS XML schemas

The EThOS XML schema definitions are as follows:
Local copies of DCMI XML schemas

For reasons of convenience and performance, we have used local copies of the DCMI XML schemas:
Test instance metadata


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