Considerations and Challenges for Describing Historical Research Data: A Case Study

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This case study describes the several challenges faced by Library personnel at the University of Montana as they iteratively made an historical dataset available in the institutional repository in a way that attempted to optimize its discoverability, accessibility, searchability, and usability to current and future researchers. The authors will examine the development of this multi-media dataset collection in order to discuss the specific challenges and opportunities around: describing and making available an historical dataset, repository structures, metadata specifications, and accessibility requirements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-252
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Library Metadata
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Oct 2 2017


  • accessibility
  • data description
  • data dissemination
  • data enhancement
  • digital commons
  • historical data
  • seismic data


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