This page is based upon text submitted to the Interoperability Focus Advisory Committee, and represents a number of the main activities in the month of April. The list is not exhaustive, and comments and queries are welcomed.
- Paul travelled to Edinburgh to attend the wrap-up workshop for two JISC
DNER-funded projects, one looking at the provision of a geospatial data
portal/browser, and the other looking at the need for a single gazetteer of
(UK?) place names to support this, and other, services. The study team will
be recommending to JISC that both projects continue to establish pilot
- Paul travelled to Newcastle to speak at the IFA conference. His general
paper was part of a session introducing the HEIRNET report and outcomes to
the conference audience (http://www.britarch.ac.uk/HEIRNET/).
- Together with Brian Green of BIC, Paul organised a meeting at the
Publishers Association to look at areas of convergence between educational
standards such as IMS (www.imsproject.org/metadata/) and the publishing
sector's ONIX (http://www.editeur.org/onix.html). There is a real need for
publishers, particularly, to reduce the number of times they produce
DIFFERENT metadata for a new product, and the meeting began to look at ways
of reducing effort and increasing overlap between the two areas of work.
Outcomes from the meeting are ongoing. Pete also participated in this
- Paul attended the first meeting of the Steering Group for the
JISC/NSF-funded Cheshire project (http://cheshire.lib.berkeley.edu/)
- Paul attended a meeting at DCMS, in which he discussed ideas for different ways of searching CultureOnline content with
DCMS staff and the CultureOnline consultants.
- Paul travelled to Canada again. This time, he presented a paper at the
Government on the Net conference in Ottawa, co-ran a day's workshop on
metadata at the Conference (with Nancy Brodie, of the Canadian Federal
Government's Treasury Board), and gave a presentation to a group of senior
managers from the Department of Canadian Heritage.
- Paul attended the second meeting of the Resource-facilitated Forum for
Network Coordination (http://www.peoplesnetwork.gov.uk/forum).
- Paul spent some time working on a document for MEG on educational 'levels'
across the UK; www.ukoln.ac.uk/metadata/education/documents/ed-level.html.
Hopefully, this will be in sufficient shape to release for comment soon.
Pete spent time converting the documents' tables to RDF, with a view to
embedding them within systems, and also hopefully allowing user-selected
views of the data.
- Pete has drawn up a draft mapping between the RSLP Collection Level
Description schema and the Z39.50 Bib-1 attribute set.
- Pete has continued work on the registration of MEG-related metadata
- Discussions are ongoing about the possibility of holding an international
meeting on cultural heritage digitisation strategies/programmes in the next
month or so. The meeting is being progressed by Interoperability Focus, with
Resource and CIMI.