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Beyond the book: Metadata practices at the University of British Columbia Press

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This project report focuses on book metadata practices at the University of British Columbia Press. Metadata management has become essential for publishers in recent decades, as book buying has moved online. This report details the significance of metadata, how publishers use it, how customers (both institutional and individual) benefit from it, and how (good) metadata increases sales. Metadata has become increasingly complex, with varying deadlines, standards, levels, and granularity putting immense pressure on publishers to keep current. This project report analyzes the University of British Columbia Press’ metadata operations to identify its challenges and successes. The report also draws on the current literature of metadata “best practices” for publishers. In tandem, these resources clarify optimal future directions and recommendations for the Press.
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