UKOLN Interoperability Focus: Events

People's Network Discovery Service Start-up Meeting

This event is for projects contributing cultural content for item-level interoperation to the People's Network Discovery Service.

Date: Wednesday 27th April 2005

Time: 10:30am - 3:30pm

Location: 1 Queen Anne's Gate, London

Queen Anne's Gate is near to St James's Park and Westminster tube stations, a map showing the location is available.


The People's Network (PN) Discovery Service initiative will provide systems and promote standards and guidance to enable a variety of digital content and services to be joined up under MLA's strategic vision of the Knowledge Web for the cultural sector and the developing Common Information Environment. A specific strand of the development of the PN Discovery Service aims to achieve item-level interoperation of cultural sector digital content from across Museums, Libraries and Archives. Item-level interoperation means enabling digital content at the level of individual records and objects to be cross-searched and surfaced in a variety of interfaces and systems, in addition to the Web sites of the originating source of the material.

Approx 20 cultural sector aim to be available for item-level interoperation through PN Discovery Service from Autumn 2005. They will be addressing all relevant issues, from the purely technical to managerial, including the application of harvesting and distributed search technologies and emerging licencing frameworks such as Creative Commons. The pan-European technical guidance produced through the MINERVA project, which built on the NOF-digitise guidance, will be taken as a starting point for projects to comply with.


Draft Programme

Time Topic Speaker
10:30 - 11:00Registration and coffee 
11:00 - 11:15Welcome and introduction to the day [PowerPoint]David Potts, MLA
11:15 - 11:45Introduction to the People's Network Service and issues for content contributors [PowerPoint]Phill Purdy, MLA
11:45 - 12:00PNDS Architecture [PowerPoint]Neil Smith, Knowledge Integration
12:00 - 12:30PNDS Content Inclusion- Technical Aspects [PowerPoint]Ian Ibbotson, Knowledge Integration
12:30 - 1:20Lunch 
1:20 - 1:30CIE user-scenariosPaul Miller, CIE
1:30 - 2:00Metadata for the People's Network Discovery Service [PowerPoint]Pete Johnston, UKOLN
2:00 - 2:45Breakout sessions - main challenges (technical and other)All
2:45 - 3:00Coffee 
3:00 - 3:15Report backAll
3:15 - 3:30Conclusions and next stepsMLA

The Discovery Service Dublin Core Application Profile (PNDS DCAP) is available at:

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