Collection Description Focus, Workshop 3UKOLN

Raising standards for collection description

Subjects and strength in CLDs

Thursday 21 March 2002
Wolfson Suite, University of Edinburgh Library, Edinburgh

Programme details

Contributors to the workshop include:

  • 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 Description Focus.

    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 activities.

    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 Providers.

    Bridget is now working as part of the Collection Description Focus.

  • Dennis Nicholson & 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 Project (1999-)
    • CAIRNS, Co-operative Academic Information Retrieval Network for Scotland (1998-2000)
    • Viscont NOF Digitisation Project (2001-)
    • SAPIENS Electronic Journals Project (2001-)
    • 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.

  • Catherine Owen:
    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.

  • Sarah Chubb:
    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.

  • Sandy Buchanan:
    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.

  • Jane Ryder:
    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.

  • Chris Bailey:
    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.