In the course of the Focus' work, and particularly in the course of the workshops, a number of key issues for the implementation of collection-level description have surfaced as common problems shared by many projects and services. The Focus proposes that work on these shared problem areas might be addressed through an open Collection Description Forum operating on a similar basis to the Metadata for Education Group (MEG) which is facilitated by the Interoperability Focus.
The Forum will:
The intention is that the Forum should operate, in the first instance at least, through dialogue on the
The issues highlighted in the first 12 months of the Focus' work included:
This is not intended to be a "closed" list of issues: the Forum may well identify other topics suitable for debate and the development of guidelines.
As a starting point for the work of the Collection Description Forum, the CD Focus has prepared the following short papers:
The purpose of these papers is not to provide comprehensive or definitive statements (at least in their initial form), but rather to open debate on these subjects, so that the papers can be refined and developed on the basis of implementer experience to create practical, "best practice" guidelines.
(to be arranged)
CD Forum activity is progressed on the