MIDESS cluster summary

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The MIDESS Project MIDESS explores the management of digitised content in an institutional and cross-institutional context through the development of a digital repository infrastructure. The project addresses how support can be provided for the use of digital content in a learning and research context, in an integrated manner. The partners in the project are the University of Leeds, University of Birmingham, London School of Economics (LSE) and University College of London (UCL). MIDESS will build functional demonstrator digital content repositories at three of the partner institutions, providing a set of suitable platforms to examine the issues and validity of implementing full digital content management services.

A number of University Libraries in the UK have embarked on digitisation programmes, and a large amount of content has been generated as a result of these initiatives. However, few institutions have, as yet, seriously explored the management of digitised content through a digital content infrastructure. Digitised content typically tends to be available through unstructured or semi-structured html pages, or managed through proprietary systems which do not provide for adequate exposure, sharing or re-use of materials.

The main areas of interest for the MIDESS project are:

  1. What are the best ways to share digital collections?
  2. What is the most appropriate metadata for sound, image and video collections?
  3. How can digital repositories of multimedia material best be used in a learning and teaching context?
  4. What are the Digital preservation requirements for digital image collections?
  5. How can Digital Repositories best be used in medicine?