This page contains access to details of a paper on "Interoperability Across Digital Library Programmes? We Must Have QA!" which was accepted for the ECDL 2004 Conference together with the accompanying slides.
The paper has been published in a special issue of LNCS entitled "ECDL 2004 Proceedings" - see paper details.
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Interoperability Across Digital Library Programmes? We Must Have QA!, Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries, 8th European Conference, ECDL 2004, Bath, UK, September 12-17, 2004 Proceedings, pp. 80-85. Editors: Rachel Heery, Liz Lyon ISBN: 3-540-23013-0, DOI: 10.1007/b100389
This paper is available from the University of Bath repository.
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The following comments were made by the reviewers of the paper:
The paper covers a critically important issue for digital libraries. It proposes a distinctive approach representing a significant improvement on past practice and makes a good case for its widespread adoption by the digital library community.
The approach developed by the QA Focus is placed in the wider context and the difference between the proposed approach and previous efforts to achieve compliance with standards is well illustrated, through examples from the present and previous projects.
The notion that standard descriptions should be separated from usage policies within specific DLs is an important issue to bring to the DL research community (it is likely that implementers know this).
The biggest contribution is specification of lightweight quality assurance examples.
The example in Figure 1 helps a lot.
The standards selection framework (table 1) will be good fodder for discussion in the DL community. It would be useful to see it directly connected to the various classes of standards for digitization, metadata, etc. although the accessibility examples suffice in this paper.
I like that there is some discussion of the tension between those actually building DLs and the policy requirements coming from external bodies. This seems to be a very real and costly issue and this paper should generate good debate in the ECDL community.
Topical subject of relevance to DL community. This is a light-weight consideration of the topic, and is therefore recommended as a short paper - will need to ensure paper is of correct length for a short paper using Springer template.
Readable, argues case well. Gives practical examples.
The three reviewers provided valuable comments on the presentation of the paper. The points made have been addressed in the final version of the paper.