A study of ‘calf-path’ in file naming in institutional repositories in India

Jabeen, Husna ; Harinarayana, N S


This study examined the file naming practices in 39 institutional repositories. There is evidence that calf-path exists infile naming among the curators of institutional repositories in India. The study showed that no standard or logic seems tohave been followed by repositories in the naming of the files, except by the National Digital Library of India (NDLI) and theCSIR-National Institute of Science Communication and Policy Research (CSIR-NIScPR). The study also examined thecomposition of the filenames, which shows that the author names (11.2%), titles (11.9%), journal title with volume and issuenumbers (21.1%) form the basis for the formation of filenames. It is suggested that digital repository managers have to givemore attention to name files in the institutional repository in the interest of uniformity and consistency.


Filenames, Metadata, Information retrieval, Information management, Institutional repositories

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