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Re: subject classification of (digitised) thesis on a repository

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"Rosie, Heather" <[log in to unmask]>

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UK discussion list for electronic theses and dissertations <[log in to unmask]>

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Hi Chris 
 
We have Dewey Decimal Classification on over 90% of theses in EThOS and we continue to classify new material, although it is very hard to keep pace with the number of new theses awarded each year with our very limited resources.  If you have MARC records with DDC it would be great if you could supply that data to EThOS!  Although  you cannot currently search by Dewey  on our web service, it is our intention to use subject classification to provide faceted searching  in the future.  Dewey is the only controlled subject vocabulary applied consistently to our aggregated thesis collection, largely because we have always used it at the British Library and so it applied to much of the 250,000 catalogue records migrated to  EThOS back in 2009.  It's also the only way we can provide a breakdown of theses by discipline (see attached), so we regard it as very important. 
 
Best wishes 
Heather 
 
Heather Rosie 
EThOS Repository Metadata Manager. 
The British Library 
 
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Tel: 01937 546945 
 
-----Original Message----- 
From: UK discussion list for electronic theses and dissertations <[log in to unmask]> On Behalf Of Chris Biggs 
Sent: 30 November 2018 10:31 
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Subject: subject classification of (digitised) thesis on a repository 
 
Hi, 
 
We are at an early stage of moving all our thesis metadata from a standard LMS (Alma) to the institutional repository (e-prints).  We are moving to an e-deposit only model and are looking to deprecate all out MARC records in the LMS and only have record in the institutional repository. 
 
We have several thousand records in the LMS with Dewey Decimal Classification terms (used locally as shelf marks) and LoC Subject headings.  The question we have is do we migrate these terms to the repository set up.  There are several local drivers around this work that impact on this, but I’d like to ask the community whether there is any work, or indeed consensus, on the value of  having controlled subject terms in the e-thesis repository set up? 
 
On the basis on a very small survey I’m doing there appears to be varying practice both at local level (i.e. individual institutional repositories) and wider level (e.g. EThOS and Proquest). 
 
I appreciate this is pretty complex – especially as discovery of this content is in part being shifted from a library discovery environment to a web search.  Moreover, there are differing types of search/discovery behaviour that more complex subject classification may facilitate i.e. finding/browsing similar materials.  But any tips would be gratefully received. 
 
Thanks! 
 
Chris 
 
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