TOOLS FOR ADDING AND EXTRACTING MARC METADATA TO PDF DOCUMENTS

Abstract

Author(s): M.R. Ramesh

The proliferation of information and communication technologies with electronic publishing resulted in the production of abundant digital documents. These digital documents are in the form of any of the well established file formats specifications such as TIFF(Tagged Image File Format), JPEG(Joint Photographic Expert Group), PDF(Portable Document Format), HTML(Hypertext Markup Language), etc. often the metadata of digital documents is not properly added to the document properties of the files. It is also for the digital documents pertaining to e-books whose metadata is generally stored and access to metadata of printed documents were well established practices by the library community for a reasonable period using various cataloguing, classification schemes, indexing and retrieval mechanisms. The metadata for the digital documents generally maintained in an external database for storage and retrieval purpose. In order to make the digital documents more meaningful and describing, it is $necessary to store the metadata inside the files for easy identification and retrieval. This paper describes the various tools for adding and extracting MARC metadata to PDF files of storing and retrieving metadata within the digital documents.

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