Pete Johnston & Bridget Robinson:
Raising standards for collection description
Pete Johnston joined UKOLN in
January 2001 as Research Officer to support the work
of the Interoperability Focus, and is also
contributing to the work of the Collection
From 1997 to 2000, he was a member of a digital
records management project based at Glasgow
University Archive Services and also supported
the EAD-based collection-level description work which
was carried out by the archivists at Glasgow as data
providers to the HE Archives Hub.
Pete has experience in the area of markup
technologies, and his work at UKOLN involves him in various metadata-related
Bridget Robinson, Research
Officer, joined UKOLN in January 2000 to work on the
Agora project. Agora was one of the five elib hybrid
Library projects which began in January 1998. It
formed part of Phase 3 of the elib programme
investigating issues of digital library
implementation and integration.
Collection Level Descriptions were used within
the Agora interface as a way of matching users to
resources. Agora used the collection schema drafted
by the national working group and edited by
UKOLN.Bridget has worked in both Public and HE
libraries and with a range of Commercial Information
Bridget is now working as part of the Collection
& Gordon Dunsire:
SCONE, HILT, Collection Strength, and Standards
Dennis Nicholson is Director of
Research in the Information Resources Directorate at
Strathclyde University and was previously Head of
Library Systems at Strathclyde. Since 1991, he has
managed a range of funded research projects and
initiatives, either directly or in his role as
Director of the Centre for Digital Library Research
at Strathclyde. These include:
- HILT, High Level Thesaurus Project (2000-)
- SCONE, Scottish Collections Network Extension
- CAIRNS, Co-operative Academic Information
Retrieval Network for Scotland (1998-2000)
- Viscont NOF Digitisation Project (2001-)
- SAPIENS Electronic Journals Project
- The BUBL Information Service (1991-)
Gordon Dunsire is Research and
Projects Manager for Napier University Learning
Information Services. He has extensive experience in
metadata engineering (formerly known as cataloguing),
systems librarianship, and database programming. He
is currently seconded to the Centre for Digital
Library Research on a part-time basis to work on
several of its projects and services, and has a
particular interest in developing collection level
descriptions for use in real-world systems. He was
the Technical Officer for the CAIRNS clump project,
and is currently a member of the SCONE project
steering group as well as being technical consultant
for the CAIRNS and SCONE services.
Describing Performing Arts Data in the Digital Environment
Catherine Owen has worked at the Performing Arts Data Service since its inception in 1996/7 and was previously Librarian at the Scottish Music Information Centre. Catherine has a particular interest in the development of metadata standards for performing arts materials.
The Drawn Evidence: Searching to reinvent 'the collection'
Qualified in 1998 with a UDIP in Archive Administration from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Since employed as Diocesan Archivist in Manchester Archives and Local Studies, Archivist at Birmingham City Archives, and since 2001 as Project Archivist / Assistant Archivist at Dundee University Archives, writing collection level descriptions for the Higher Education Archives Hub.
Moving Towards Collection Description at SCRAN
Alexander (Sandy) Buchanan has 20 years experience of large scale IT projects. His career began in the Ministry of Defence Mapping and Charting Establishment where he was responsible for a part of the IT modernisation programme. He then joined the National Museums of Scotland and was responsible for a major Collections Management system (+500,000 records) and an IT and Documentation staff of 13. He was a key part of the team that developed multimedia for the new Museum of Scotland. As Resources Manager at SCRAN he has responsibility for the development of data models and data standards required to manage and develop a resource base which now has over one million text records and 250,000 multimedia objects. Cross searching within these libraries and out with them to external data sources is an essential part of his Research and Development work and he has provided consultancy on a range of European projects – including SQUARE and Digicult - looking at user requirements and the exploitation of heritage.
The National Audit experience and reflections
Jane Ryder has been the Director of the Scottish Museums Council since 1995. She is the author of the National Strategy for Scotland's museums and of the National ICT Strategy for museums. She is a Director of SCRAN and SCRAN IT, the multi media cultural network and is the Scottish member of Resource: the Council for Museums, Archives and Libraries.
The CURL Collection Mapping project
Appointed as Acting Director of Library Services at GUL in August 2001. Prior to that was Executive Secretary to CURL (Consortium of University Research Libraries) from April 1999 - July 2001.