Interoperability at the Coalface

24 November 2000, London, England

A one day management briefing, organised by the UK Office for Library and Information Networking (UKOLN)

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Whether you are in Government, libraries, archives, further or higher education, the cultural heritage sector, or elsewhere, managing and capitalising upon the digital information in your care is critical.

This information, one of the most valuable assets held by many institutions, is increasingly required for reuse and reevaluation, both internally within the organisation and externally by a wide range of user communities.

Unlocking the undeniable potential of huge legacy resources is far from easy, especially given the range of ageing systems employed, the variety of uses to which data are to be put, and the need to move forward in a cost-effective manner, whilst still fulfilling existing obligations and work programmes. Nevertheless, the investment of effort in enhancing access to all of our resources is well worth it.

By developing solutions in a standards-based way, it becomes possible to achieve far more with existing data, linking across disparate resources within a single organisation as well as allowing the possibility for searching across resources held at numerous remote locations, and interacting effectively with the returned results. Interoperability of this kind makes your organisation more effective. It provides you with access to the knowledge of others, and it raises the profile of your organisation and its resources, as they become visible to new audiences.

This one day workshop, organised by UKOLN, is aimed at managers from all sectors, and fulfils two main objectives. It:

Participants will leave the briefing with an awareness of important developments in information management, including the Dublin Core, Z39.50 and the Bath Profile, thesauri and controlled terminologies, and more, as well as an understanding of major initiatives currently underway in Government, the educational sector, and elsewhere. You will also meet individuals facing problems similar to your own, and learn something of the solutions that they have adopted.


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