Texas Digital Library Conference System, TCDL 2013

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The Monster MeSH!—Taming Medical Subject Headings for an ETD Collection
Cameron J Kainerstorfer, Heather Perkins, Misou DeWeese

Last modified: 2013-03-26


In 2012, the repository administrator and metadata manager developed a semester-long project to review and modify subject headings for the electronic theses and dissertations collection within the UT Southwestern institutional repository. This also served as a test case and springboard for future intern projects.

The focus of this poster will be the challenges encountered during the project, how those challenges were met for this project, and other options for future consideration.

Poster highlights:

  • Schedule coordination with larger intern program (rounding, departmental visits, etc.)
  • DSpace training program for intern
  • Issues with access for a non-institutional account
  • Remote work and file transfers
  • Project documentation: methods and motivations
  • Medical institutions and special needs (MeSH, HIPAA, and more)


repository management; subject headings; retrospective quality improvement

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