Metadata Usage Tendencies in Latin American Electronic Journals
2009 (English)In: ELPUB2009. Rethinking Electronic Publishing: Innovation in Communication Paradigms and Technologies - Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Electronic Publishing. Milan, Italy. June 10-12 / [ed] Susanna Mornati, Turid Hedlund, 2009, 311-344 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
The present study investigates the extent to which metadata tags are used in Latin
American electronic journals, and whether these journals in fact provide basic information
(abstracts, keywords, etc.) that could be tagged as metadata. The authors
also studied multilingualism in the marked-up information and in the basic
information, particularly the use of English (which can help bring the scientific
production of Latin America to a wider audience). In total, 45% of the journals had
metadata; the metatags keywords and description were the most commonly used.
The inclusion of structured metadata from the Dublin Core Metadata Element Set
in the journals was found to be very low, only 13%, and primarily existed in journals
from Argentina, Costa Rica, and Brazil. The articles examined did not always
include abstracts and keywords (84% and 77% respectively), but in the articles that
did have them, English was frequently used (85% in abstracts and 91% in keywords).
The <title> element was found to be used deficiently: Only 42% of full text
OA articles had their actual title in the <title> tag, which can potentially affect visibility
in a search engine results. In sum, the road to marked-up metadata in all
journals is still long, and there are great inconsistencies in how metadata are employed
and in their content. The authors conclude that there are signs that support
and efforts to increase awareness of how metadata can easily be included in a
journal’s web site may result in improved metadata and greater visibility.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. 311-344 p.
metadata, scholarly journals, latin america, open access journals, metadata usage patterns
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-6162Local ID: 2320/5300ISBN: 978-88-6134-326-6OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-6162DiVA: diva2:886846