Update on current work

Work on realising the resource discovery taskforce (RDTF) vision is well underway. We will be funding the projects that will form the backbone of the work in the next couple of months but we have a couple of interesting projects happening at the moment.

A guide to open bibliographic data

There is a lot of interesting work happening with open bibliographic data at the moment. A number of libraries in Europe have made all their bibliographic data openly available and there is a lively discussion happening on the OKFN mailing list. Karen Coyle’s blog post sums up efforts in this area nicely.

This area is obviously very relevant to the work of the RDTF but it is in the early stages with lots of independent innovation happening all over the place. So we decided to fund a resource that would describe why open bibliographic data is interesting for libraries and to help those who want to engage in this area to do so.

The work is being carried out by Sero consulting, Owen Stephens and Paul Miller. It is a couple of months off finishing at the moment but in the best spirit of openness they have decided to show their working and you can see the prototype for the guide by heading over to Owen’s blog. It is a work in progress and neither the content nor the design is in the final form but you can see where they’re heading.

Aggregations of metadata about images and time based media

Edina are preparing a scoping study to look at the issues involved in created aggregations of metadata about images and time based media. For the RDTF to be useful we need it to cover a wide range of content and institutions. Different content types bring their own challenges and there is a particularly interesting set of challenges for images and time based media. So for the RDTF we need to know more about what those challenges are and how we could go about addressing them. Edina are particularly well placed to to this work due to their experience with the visual sound and media portal.

Sheila Fraser, the project manager has produced a very clear one page summary of the work.

This project is in the information gathering stage and, if this sounds like an area you are interested in, you can get involved by following the instructions below:

We would like to hear from a wide range of people, particularly those who:

  • Use images, films/videos or sounds in learning, teaching or research,
  • Own, curate or manage collections (large and small) that contain images, films/videos or sounds, especially museums, libraries, archives and university departments who hold images or multimedia resources,
  • Work with metadata or collections of metadata in other areas, for example in document or learning repositories or archives,
  • Might be interested in developing collections of metadata for images and time-based media, or
  • Might be interested in in developing services using collections of metadata, or in using collections of metadata e.g. in research.

We invite you to take part in the survey, available at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YHT8JNR, which should take between 10 and 25 minutes to complete depending on your answers.

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