ROADS Evaluation of Cataloguing with Connection to Interoperability (RECCI)
Ann Chapman and Michael Day
12 February 1998
A study of the usage of ROADS templates and interoperability.
Version 2 of the ROADS software implements tools which will enable cross-searching across different subject services. For this reason, there needs to be an understanding that cross-searching depends upon a semantically consistent use of metadata, in this case ROADS templates. It is for this reason that a ROADS Template Registry exists and why some generic ROADS Cataloguing Guidelines are being developed. It also would be useful to identify areas where cataloguing policies might be co-ordinated to optimise cross-searching. For this reason, as part of ROADS Strand 2 (Interoperability) UKOLN is looking at:
A small initial review of some of the eLib ROADS based services has been carried out by staff at UKOLN as a preliminary to a suggested wider study, if it is felt to be useful. Preliminary discussions took place with cataloguers at SOSIG who considered that a study of this type should be interesting and useful. The preliminary study looked at templates created by ADAM, History, OMNI and SOSIG.
2. The Original Proposal:
ROADS based services will be requested to provide UKOLN with a number of templates which will then be assessed with regard to:
1. Cross-searching ability -
2. Quality -
In conjunction with this, services will be asked about their own editorial policies:
Other information, including an up-to-date statistical analysis of ROADS services' use of templates would also be gathered.
The final study would also take the form of a report with recommendations