The QA Focus project published a series of case studies which provided
examples of quality assurance procedures and illustrate how projects and
services implement standards and best practices in order to achieve interoperability,
maximise accessibility, etc.
Case studies are available in the following areas:
Note that if you wish to access all of the case studies in a single file
(which is suitable for printing) you should go the the
View-All links on this page.
Note also that information on writing a case study is
You should also note that
RSS feeds of the case studies are available.
Case Study Documents
- Using SVG In The ARTWORLD Project, (case study 07)
- Crafts Study Centre Digitisation Project - and Why 'Born Digital', (case study 08)
- Image Digitisation Strategy and Technique: Crafts Study Centre Digitisation Project, (case study 09)
- Digitisation of Wills and Testaments by the Scottish Archive Network
(SCAN), (case study 19)
Access (Web sites)
- Creating Accessible Learning And Teaching Resources:
The e-MapScholar Experience, (case study 04)
- Edinburgh University Library Online:
Work In Progress, (case study 26)
- Gathering Usage Statistics And Performance Indicators:
The NMAP Experience,
(case study 06)
- Usability Testing for the Non-Visual Access to the Digital Library
NoVA Project, (case study 11)
- Approaches to Accessibility at MIMAS, (case study 15)
- ESDS Web Standards Policy, (case study 16)
- A Strategy For Fixing Non-Compliant HTML Pages On The QA Focus Web Site, (case study 23)
- Providing Access to an EU-funded Project Web Site after Completion of
Funding, (case study 17)
- Exploiting ACRONYM And ABBR HTML Elements, (case study 29)
- Using The ACRONYM And ABBR HTML Elements On The QA Focus Web Site, (case study 30)
[HTML format] (see also metadata)
- Implementation Experiences With vCard And vCalendar Microformats, (case study 35)
- Archiving Pebble Blogs at ramble.oucs, (case study 36)
- Gathering the Jewels: Creating a Dublin Core Metadata Strategy, (case study 13)
- The Development of Metadata for the Census Resource Discovery System, (case study 18)
- Managing And Using Metadata In An E-Journal, (case study 01)
- Approaches To 'Spring Cleaning' At SOSIG, (case study 25)
[HTML format] (also related to service deployment)
- Error Detection on the UKOLN Web site, (case study 14)
- Launching New Database Services: The BIDS Experience, (case study 27)
- Providing Access To Full Text Journal Articles, (case study 28)
- Merging Data Sources, (case study 33)
- Porting the UnCover Service, (case study 34)
- Managing A Distributed Development Project: The Subject Portals Project, (case study 03)
- Implementing a Communications Infrastructure, (case study 12)
- Mid Term Review For The Exploit Interactive E-Journal, (case study 20)
Assessing Learning Materials from JISC-funded Resource Databases, (case study 24)
- INHALE And INFORM Case Study, (case study 31)
- Sustainability: The TimeWeb Experience, (case study 32)
View All Documents
A "View All Files" series of documents, which contain all the briefing papers
in a single file, is available. This is suitable for printing all documents
in a single operation.
You can also access the case studies in the following areas:
Listing Of The Case Studies
As well as the page you are viewing, an MS Word version of the case studies
Contributing To Case Studies
We welcome proposals for case studies.
Format Of Case Studies
The case studies should be brief - typically 2-5 A4 pages when printed.
They should provide a introduction (e.g. a summary of the project), the area
addressed in the case study, the solution which was used, details of any problems
encountered and suggestions on how the problem would be addressed in the future,
based on experiences you have gained.
A suggested template is available. Case studies in HTML
are preferred, although MS Word versions are also acceptable. If you use the HTML
template if possible ensure that XHTML is used - try to avoid use of HTML
authoring tools which introduce proprietary HTML tags or presentational tags
such as <FONT>.
Please note that case studies should not be simple
press releases about the project or simply provide publicity for the project.
Subject Areas For Case Studies
Case studies in the following areas are welcomed:
- Web and accessibility
- Software development
- Deployment into service
- Other areas related to the interests of JISC's development activities.