UKOLN AHDS QA Focus Presentation: Internet Librarian International 2003

The following talk was given at the Internet Librarian International 2003 Conference held at the NEC, Birmingham on 25-27th March 2003.

The presentation was given by Marieke Guy, UKOLN and Ed Bremner, ILRT.


QA For Web Sites


As Web sites become more important in providing richer and more sophisticated digital library services and products it is critical that quality assurance procedures are deployed in order to ensure that services work correctly in a heterogeneous environment. Adoption of open standards and deployment of best practices can help but there is still a need to ensure that development work complies with standards and best practices.
This talk will describe approaches to the development of Quality Assurance processes and a quality culture. The talk is based on work of "QA Focus" which is addressing the technical interoperability of digital library projects funded under the JISC's 5/99 programme.

Objectives Of The Session
By the end of the session, audience members will be aware of the importance of standards in developing interoperable digital library services and of the difficulties in ensuring that digital libraries comply with standards and best practices. The audience will see the role that quality assurance procedures can play and how the development of a self-assessment toolkit can support the development of digital library services.
Marieke Napier (UKOLN) and Ed Bremner (ILRT, University of Bristol)
Biographical Details
Marieke Guy is one half of the QA Focus post - a JISC-funded post which seeks to ensure that JISC-funded digital library projects comply with standards and best practices. Marieke works at UKOLN, a national centre of expertise in digital information management, which is based at the University of Bath.
Edmund I Bremner has over 20 years of experience as a professional photographer and image-maker working with a range of analogue and digital media from microfiche to digital image. He studied at the London College of Printing (London Institute) on the newly formed MA (Hons) in Digital Imaging, where he specialised in the creation and delivery of online image databases. Ed then worked at TATE Gallery, defining and establishing the infrastructure and methodology for digital capture with the TATE InSight project. Ed is currently based at the Institute for Learning and Research Technology (ILRT), University of Bristol where he works for the Technical Advisory Service for Images (TASI) and the QA Focus advisory service.


Slides: QA For Web Sites
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