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1 Collection-level description & collection management: tool for the trade or information trade-off? Collection Description Focus Workshop 4 Newcastle, 8 November 2002 Bridget Robinson & Ann Chapman UKOLN, University of Bath Bath, BA2 7AY UKOLN is supported by: URL

2 Collection Description Focus Workshop 4, Newcastle, 8 November CLD & collection management Collection Description Focus What is a collection? Why collection-level description? –resource discovery –resource management Tool for the trade or trade-off?

3 Collection Description Focus Workshop 4, Newcastle, 8 November Collection Description Focus Improve consistency, compatibility of approaches Funded by –RSLP –JISC/DNER –British Library –Re:source Experience of RSLP Collection Description Benefit from collaboration with –Interoperability Focus –JISC Information Environment architecture team –NOF-Digitise Technical Advisory Service –CIMI (museums)

4 Collection Description Focus Workshop 4, Newcastle, 8 November Collection Description Focus Developing consensus –Gathering information –Building a community –Facilitating dialogue –CD Forum Disseminating good practice –Organising events –workshops, briefing days –Giving presentations –Publishing articles and papers –Developing training resources –recommendations, guidelines

5 Collection Description Focus Workshop 4, Newcastle, 8 November Collection Description Focus Supporting implementers –point of contact, advice –support for CLD in programmes –Research Support Libraries Programme –JISC programmes for building the IE –JISC Learning & Teaching (5/99) programme –NOF-Digitise –Re:source regional cross-domain research projects Providing tools

6 Collection Description Focus Workshop 4, Newcastle, 8 November What is a collection? Collection –an aggregation of items Aggregations of, e.g. –natural objects: fossils, mineral samples… –created objects: artefacts, documents, records… –digital resources: documents, images, multimedia objects, data, software… –digital surrogates of physical objects: documents, images… –metadata: catalogue records, item descriptions, collection-level descriptions (!)…

7 Collection Description Focus Workshop 4, Newcastle, 8 November What is a collection? Various criteria for aggregation, e.g. –By location –By type/form of item –By provenance of item –By source/ownership of item –By nature of item content –…. Any number of items Permanent, temporary Discrete, distributed Collections created with intent/purpose –consciously formed –collection development policies

8 Collection Description Focus Workshop 4, Newcastle, 8 November Collection of physical objects Collection of metadata records Collection of books Collection of digital items Database of CLDs CLDs provide high-level map of landscape for user, researcher, visitor….

9 Collection Description Focus Workshop 4, Newcastle, 8 November Why collection-level description? Enable collection provider to –disclose information about collections to users Enable user to –discover/locate collections –select collections to explore/search on basis of summary description –compare collections as broadly similar objects (even where items heterogeneous) –understand conditions of access & use –interpret collections Enable software agents to –select collections to search on behalf of user –control searches across collections

10 Collection Description Focus Workshop 4, Newcastle, 8 November Database of CLDs … CLDs also useful to resource managers?

11 Collection Description Focus Workshop 4, Newcastle, 8 November Why collection-level description? Enable collection provider to –manage own collections –control/audit/review holdings internally –identify collections at risk –assess priorities for item-level cataloguing –manage in collaboration with other providers –identify, record, share information on strengths and weaknesses –suggest areas where co-ordination possible –inform strategic planning –institutional, cross-institutional, regional, sectoral, national….

12 Collection Description Focus Workshop 4, Newcastle, 8 November The resource discovery context Strategic initiatives –Museums –Renaissance in the Regions –Single Regional Agencies –Re:source Framework for Collections Management –Libraries: –Peoples Network : connectivity –Full Disclosure : retrospective cataloguing –Research Support Libraries Programme : disclosure/access, collaborative management –Archives: –Access to Archives, Scottish Archival Network, Archives Hub : integrated access

13 Collection Description Focus Workshop 4, Newcastle, 8 November Digital content creation programmes –making heritage (more) accessible –NOF-Digitise –£50m content creation programme –supporting strategy for social inclusion, lifelong learning –digitised objects –learning materials –130 projects, Summer –Culture Online –to widen access to resources of arts/cultural sector for purposes of learning and enjoyment The resource discovery context

14 Collection Description Focus Workshop 4, Newcastle, 8 November Tool for the trade for trade-off? What resource/collection management functions can/should CLD support? What skills are required to create CLDs? Training implications? What is relationship between CLD and item-level description? Can single CLD support both discovery and management? –Different audiences? –Different content?

15 Collection Description Focus Workshop 4, Newcastle, 8 November Acknowledgements UKOLN is funded by Resource: the Council for Museums, Archives and Libraries, the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) of the UK higher and further education funding councils, as well as by project funding from the JISC and the European Union. UKOLN also receives support from the University of Bath where it is based.

16 COMING SOON!!!! Collection Description Focus 5th Regional Workshop 30th January 2003 at Hughes Hall, Cambridge Theme - User Requirements


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