Metadata has been used in libraries since the days of card catalogues. With the automation of libraries and the development of MARC formats, metadata schemes have gained an important role in the implementation of different functions, common to library practice. In the 1960s, the technology of magnetic tapes inﬂuenced the development of MARC records and the ISO 2709 standard.
This article pleads for the term “digitheca” to be used instead of the less suitable term “digital library”. It introduces functional and non-functional requirements for the assessment and selection of software in the global software market, which supports the creation, maintenance and preservation of a “digitheca”.
This article introduces the Google Scholar service and the relation between Google Scholar and the COBIB.SI shared bibliographic database.