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This article is based on the master thesis of Nahid Gavili Kilaneh in the Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences which has been registered as a research project approved by the number 7898.

A Persian language pre-print version of this article has been published in the Iranian Journal of Information Processing and Management entitles “management of The Organizational Context metadata: Case Study of The Design and Codification of the Metadata Schema Registry for the Libraries of Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Science” available in:


The purpose of this paper is to design a metadata application profile to organize content objects of Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences libraries based on analytical-systematic approach. The population under study included content objects from 23 libraries (central, hospital and college libraries). A researcher-made questionnaire was used to collect data related to the local features and needs of generating metadata records in libraries. Some questions of the questionnaire were answered by the librarians of the organizing department, and some of them were completed by researcher’s observation of the libraries’ metadata databases. The native needs and intend of libraries in terms of content objects organizing were determined and an application profile was designed for describing and organizing different types of content objects based on them. The application profile contains 63 elements, 22 of which are mandatory elements and the other elements are optional. Among those 63 elements, 54, 7 and 2 elements have been selected from the UNIMARC as the basic standard, the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) and the Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS), respectively. Finally, the structure and semantics syntax of the designed metadata application profile based on the local context of the libraries were determined.



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