UKOLN AHDS JISC Usability and Quality Assurance Workshop

Brian Kelly, UKOLN facilitated a half-day session on Quality Assurance at a JISC Usability and Quality Assurance Workshop held on Monday 24th November 2003 at Woburn House, Tavistock Square, London WC1 from 10:00-17:00.

Additional support was provided by Gareth Knight, AHDS and Marieke Guy (UKOLN).


There is an increasing expectation that project deliverables for JISC programmes should be deployed in a service environment and that the deployment into service should require the minimum of porting work. There is also an increasing awareness of the need to ensure that project deliverables comply with appropriate standards and best practices in order to maximise accessibility and interoperability.

JISC has funded QA Focus to support JISC's digital library programmes. QA Focus seeks to provide advice and support for projects and ensure that projects have appropriate quality assurance procedures which will ensure that standards and best practices are implemented.

Members of the QA Focus team will facilitate an afternoon session on Quality Assurance which is aimed at projects funded under several of JISC's programmes.

The workshop will provide projects an opportunity to discuss their approaches towards quality assurance and to contribute to QA Focus's activities. The QA Focus team will outline their approaches to quality assurance and their recommendations to projects.

Participants at the workshop will be provided with a range of handouts which have been produced by QA Focus team to support JISC-funded projects.

Biographical Details

Brian Kelly is UK Web Focus - a position funded originally by JISC and, since 1 August 2003, jointly by JISC and Resource to support the higher and further education communities and the cultural heritage sector in England and Wales to ensure that the communities can fully exploit the potential of World Wide Web.

In addition Brian is project manager for the JISC-funded QA Focus project, which aims to support projects funded by JISC's digital library programmes to ensure the project deliverables are functional, interoperable and widely accessible through the implementation of appropriate quality assurance procedures.


Marieke Guy is Project Manager for both the RDN Subject Portals Project (SPP) and ePrints UK. Marieke has worked at UKOLN for 3 years and her previous roles include QA Focus team member, editor of Cultivate and Exploit Interactive Web magazines and NOF digitise technical advisor.


Gareth Knight is Digital Preservation officer for the Arts & Humanities Data Service - a UK national service funded by JISC and the AHRB to aid the discovery, creation and preservation of digital collections in the arts and humanities.

Gareth is currently working on the QA Focus project to develop quality assurance guidelines for digitisation, and is assisting several other organisations with the development of suitable preservation strategies.



The draft timetable is given below. Please note that this is subject to change.

Workshop Timetable
Time Session Comments
09:30-10:00 Registration  
10:00-13:00 Usability Workshop  
13:00-14:00 Lunch  
14:00-14:20 Quality Assurance And Digital Library Programmes Presentation - why QA is needed
14:20-14:50 Quality Assurance - What It Means For My Project Group exercises
14:50-15:15 The QA Focus Approach Presentation
15:15-15:30 Tea
15:30-16:00 Approaches To Metadata Quality A presentation giving an example of approaches to QA for metadata
16:00-16:30 Embedding Quality Assurance Into Your Project Work Group exercises
16:30-17:00 Discussion and Conclusions General discussion
17:00 Finish  



Main Slides [BK]
Slides: [HTML format] - [MS PowerPoint format]
Approach To Metadata Quality [MG]
Slides: [HTML format] - [MS PowerPoint format]
Exercises [BK]
Group exercises: [MS Word format]