Electronic Theses and Dissertations

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I. File Movement Overview

A. ProQuest uploads deposits of zip files to the content.lib.ua.edu server via ftp into the ftpaccess home directory, and notifies either Janet Lee-Smeltzer or Jody DeRidder of the upload. If Janet, then Janet notifies Jody.

B. Jody relocates the deposit into a directory named for the date of deposit (yyyymmdd) and copies this entire directory to a working directory for modifications, where she unzips all the content and performs the following tasks:

  1. extracts from each metadata file the following information:
    1. title,
    2. author,
    3. subsidiary file information:
      1. description
      2. filename
      3. file type
    4. embargo code (if any)
  2. calls the InfoTrack.bornDigital mysql database table on libcontent1.lib.ua.edu to find the next filenumber to assign and the InfoTrack.lookup table to determine the next persistent URL;
  3. records the item number assigned, the PURL assigned, the author and title in these tables
  4. inserts the assigned item number (filename, minus the extension) and the assigned PURL into specified (which?) fields in a copy of the metadata
  5. places this altered copy of the metadata into an XML subdirectory of a directory named for original date of deposit followed by the lowercase letter "a" to indicate the first modifications; the copy will be named with the assigned filename followed by ".prq.xml" (thus a correctly named file would be: u0015_0000001_0000023.prq.xml) to indicate this is still ProQuest XML.
  6. copies all the bitstreams and renames them appropriately, placing them in a BITSTREAM subdirectory of the same directory where the XML subdirectory resides. The primary PDF will be named with the assigned filename followed by ".pdf"; subsidiary files will be numbered sequentially, with a 4-digit left-padded number attached to the assigned filename, followed by the extension. So the first subsidiary file for this file (if a jpeg) would properly be named u0015_0000001_0000023_0001.jpg, and the second (if a text file) would be named u0015_0000001_0000023_0002.txt.


specified location for the Metadata Unit: currently, that location is Shawn Averkamp's home directory on the same server, under the directory etd_deposits.


D. After transformations are complete, the Metadata librarian copies the finalized metadata and bitstreams to a subdirectory named for the date of original deposit, under the ReadyToGo directory, and notifies Jody DeRidder for pickup.

E. Jody transfers the deposited files to long term archival storage, linking them into the LOCKSS Manifest pages for pickup.

F. Jody also transfers copies into the web delivery system for access via Acumen delivery software.

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