The potential to create a unified body of scholarly materials relies on interoperability – specifically, that repositories follow consistent guidelines, protocols, and standards that allow them to communicate with each other and with other systems in order to transfer information, metadata, and digital objects. COAR is working with the repository community to improve the quality and comprehensiveness of metadata in repositories.
Below are the metadata requirements for a number of use stories developed by the COAR Metadata Working Group. In addition, the Working Group will be developing and publishing a number of strategies – such as shared curation models and automated metadata enhancement – that can be used to help repositories improve their metadata quality and comprehensiveness
User stories and related metadata requirements
The use of controlled vocabularies for bibliographic metadata “ensures that everyone is using the same word to mean the same thing”. The continuous revision, update and maintenance of the COAR Controlled Vocabularies and its adoption by the most commonly used open repository software is a way to enhance the interoperability across repositories and with other related systems such as harvesters, CRIS systems, data repositories and publishers.
The COAR Controlled Vocabularies are governed and maintained by an Editorial Board. In order to define the controlled vocabularies, the Editorial Board analyzes existing vocabularies and dictionaries and will adopt the most appropriate existing terms and definitions whenever possible. In cases where there are gaps identified by the community, new terms are defined by the group. The COAR Controlled Vocabulary Editorial Board also translates vocabulary terms into numerous languages.