Face-to-face meetings of the group are chaired by Professor Bruce Royan of the Scottish Cultural Resources Access Network (SCRAN), and work is moved forward on an associated mailing list.
The first notable deliverable from this group is the MEG Concord, announced at the beginning of December. The Concord attempts to capture the key objectives for MEG members, and points to ways in which MEG members can work together in order to improve upon the current situation. By early April, 45 organisations had signed the Concord, including the New Opportunities Fund (NOF), the JISC and the University for Industry (UfI).
More information about MEG can be found at:http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/metadata/education/
The event was billed as a management briefing, and covered such topics as what interoperability is and why it is useful, the role of large-scale managed funding efforts such as the New Opportunities Funds digitisation programme, collection level description and current e-government initiatives.
Copies of the PowerPoint slides from the day are available at:http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/events/interop-2000/presentations.html
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The fourth Institutional Web Management Workshop was held at the University of Bath on 6-8 September 2000. This years workshop, Institutional Web Management: the Joined-up Web,was the most popular to date, attracting about 150 delegates. The workshop covered a range of topics of interest to members of Web management teams including multimedia, dynamic content, personalisation, Web design, e-business, Web strategies and general management issues. A report on the workshop was published in issue 25 of Ariadne, see:http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue25/web-focus/
Brian Kelly has given a number of presentations on the subject of externally hosted Web services including talks at the Public Library Web Managers Workshop, hosted by UKOLN in October 2000 (see Public Library Networking Focus for further details). He also spoke about approaches to resource discovery in the UK HE community at the VERITY Conference, New Advances in Information Retrieval and Information Skills Development for Young People, held in Athens, Greece on 30 November-1 December 2000.
At the Internet Librarian International 2001 Conference held in London in March, Brian gave a presentation, Beyond design: advertising on your Web site. At the same event, in conjunction with Marieke Napier, he ran a half-day post-conference workshop on publishing Web magazines, e-journals and Webzines.
Advertising on the network was published in Vine, issue 120. This article was based on a workshop session on this subject given at the JANET User Support Workshop held at the University of Cambridge on 4-6 July 2000.
Presentations given by Web Focus can be viewed on the Web site.
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The Advisory Service Web site is at:http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/nof/support/intro.htm
In October 2000, the second annual workshop for Public Library Web Managers was held at the University of Bath. Over 40 public library Web officers attended the workshop, which ran for three days. The aim of the workshop was to bring public library Web site managers together to give them an opportunity to share their experiences, learn about some of the tools that are available to assist with the creation and maintenance of sites and to hear about future Web developments. Like the previous year the emphasis was on the practical aspects of Web site management. Highlights of the workshop included case-studies from three successful public library Web site developers, an introduction to the Data Protection Act, a guide to accessibility and a very damp and cold open-top bus tour of Bath. A full report of the workshop has been published in issue 26 of Ariadne. Presentations given at the workshop are available at: http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/public/events/managing/
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A feasibility study for the project, funded by the British Library Cooperation and Partnership Programme (BLCPP), was carried out between May and August 2000 by a team from UKOLN, the Royal National Institute for the Blind, the National Library for the Blind together with an independent library systems consultant. A report was submitted to BLCPP and the Reveal Development Steering Group and the recommendations and implementation plan accepted.
UKOLN will continue to contribute to work on Reveal, with the current focus on developing a bibliographic standard for the database, supporting work for the retrospective conversion project, and addressing issues related to the requirement for fiction indexing.
Together with Helen Brazier of the National Library for the Blind, presentations about the Reveal project were made at a British Library project showcase day on 17 October 2000 and at the first International Conference on Tactile Diagrams and Maps, at the University of Hertfordshire, 9-10 October 2000.
Then in 2000, an opportunity arose to offer the pilot study as a dissertation topic for the MA course of the Department of Library and Information Science at Loughborough University. It was selected by student Owen Massey, who carried out the pilot study in June 2000 using the University of Bath Library, with kind permission of the Librarian, Howard Nicholson. Technical and other support was given by library staff members Gavin Rea, Ann Cox and Diana Gibney.
The dissertation concluded that the technique was effective in picking up errors in descriptive cataloguing but less sound for name and subject headings. A simplified technique was proposed, reducing the amount of detail to be recorded, and a recommendation made that the audit be considered just one tool for evaluating catalogue quality. The next stage is for UKOLN to revise the audit tool and make it available via the Web site for other libraries to use.Auditing catalogue quality by random sampling, by Owen Massey, MA dissertation August 2000, is available from the Department of Library and Information Science at Loughborough University.
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Issue 26 marked the wind down of the eLib Programme after five years, with reviews of several of the Hybrid Library projects. This issue of Ariadne contained a retrospective personal overview by the Programme Director, Chris Rusbridge. There was also a review of the CLUMP projects; and Brian Kelly (UK Web Focus) used SiteServer tools to survey the whole range of eLib project Web sites. Lorcan Dempsey and Stephen Pinfield contributed an overview of the DNER, effectively opening our coverage of the Programme.
Several UKOLN staff members contributed to Ariadne 26, including Michael Day, who wrote an excellent review of the Preservation 2000 Conference in York (December), jointly organised by UKOLN, the Research Libraries Group (RLG) and OCLC. Sarah Ormes provided two substantial items - one of which looked at the e-book from a public libraries perspective. Bridget Robinson collaborated with David Palmer of UEA on a review of user case-studies for the AGORA project. Reflecting the changing interests of the community, Ariadne ran two articles looking at both the requirement for e-commerce technology in the UK HE sector (Andrew Aird), and the Microsoft Siteserver products which might be used to set up such services(Brett Burridge).
Figure 2: Ariadne 27 contents page Ariadne 27 continued to follow the e-learning theme with articles on e-books, on the forces of change-shaping developments in the field, and two articles on metadata issues one on MEG (the Metadata for Education Group), and the other on a method by which machine parsable citations might be embedded into Dublin Core records. Ariadne also concluded its coverage of the Hybrid Libraries projects, and made streaming video available for some of the presentations at a Manchester HL event.
Ariadne continues to tailor itself to the requirements of its users: issue 26 features our third questionnaire, and the results of this survey, as before, will be fed into the commissioning process. Ariadnes access statistics continue to climb, and are very nearly double what they were a year ago. The average number of user sessions per day, for the period JulyDecember 2000, was 1,450; in October 2000 we received over 540,400 hits to the site.
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All seven issues of Exploit Interactive Web magazine have now been produced. The final issue was published on 16 October 2000 and included a number of review articles on the project. During its life-span Exploit Interactive has covered 32 Telematics for Libraries projects and contained 137 articles, including news and editorials, written by 102 individual authors. The magazine received 67,369 visitor sessions between 23 April 1999 and 30 October 2000, an average of 121 visitors a day.
More recently a database has been added to the site allowing users to obtain lists of articles or authors. The database can be found at:http://www.exploit-lib.org/database/
The final report on the Exploit Interactive Web magazine is now available from the home page at:http://www.exploit-lib.org/ Exploit Interactive Database Marieke Napier - Information Officer and editor of Cultivate Interactive Issue 4 of Cultivate Interactive, UKOLNs pan-European Web magazine for the digital heritage and cultural content communities, is due to be published on 7 May 2001. The format is similar to that of its predecessor, Exploit Interactive, but it covers the broader digital cultural heritage remit. The feature articles in the magazine either detail relevant projects or focus on issues that will arise for projects submitting proposals. Areas that have been and will be covered include eurospeak, intellectual property rights, current trends and policy in the cultural heritage field, available technologies and sources of information.
Project articles to date have included a guide to the HEREIN project, which monitors heritage policies, an exploration into the symbiosis between content and technology by the Perseus digital library team, and an outline of the concept of application profiles on the SCHEMAS project. More general articles have dealt with using graphics on the Web, giving presentations at conferences and recent calls for proposals - a piece was written for Cultivate Interactive by Bernard Smith, Head of the Cultural Heritage Applications Unit of the European Commission. There have also been a number of pieces on the theme of machine translation including an article by one of the top translation software distributors, WorldLingo.com. Although the majority of articles cover projects or services, opinion pieces on the current trends in the digital cultural heritage field are very welcome and readers are encouraged to email in any comments they have.
Cultivate Interactive has received widespread dissemination since its launch giving it a high public profile within the digital heritage and cultural content communities from the onset. Poster displays on the magazine and the Cultivate project have been given at events such as EVA 2000; additional presentations and workshops are planned for the future. It is also now easier for readers to register for an email announcement of new issues through the notification service that is available at:http://www.cultivate-int.org/notification/
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UKOLN continues to provide technical support services to the RDN. This work includes operating the central RDN Web site, maintaining cross-RDN search services, co-ordinating the interoperability framework and standards guidelines for the RDN as a whole and developing tools that support those standards.
The RDN was a participant in the Open Archives Initiative alpha test. Through UKOLNs participation in this activity, we have been able to develop tools that will allow the RDN to experiment with a record-sharing rather than cross-searching approach to searching all RDN descriptions. The intention is to use the OAI Harvesting Protocol to share records between co-operating RDN gateways, enabling the development of a central RDN database. Our work with the OAI Protocol was presented at the OAI European Open Day in Berlin. We have also successfully submitted a poster session on this topic for the tenth World Wide Web Conference in Hong Kong.
The RDN has a licensing agreement with Routledge which is using RDN records as part of its Routledge Encyclopaedia of Philosophy and Philosophy Arena Web sites. UKOLN staff have developed a record exchange format and developed software tools to facilitate the transfer of data from the RDN hubs to Routledge. Also, part of the RDN agreement with Routledge is the creation of an RDN REP database containing RDN philosophy data. This database is hosted by UKOLN but made available for searching through the Routledge site. With other RDN staff, UKOLN staff have attended meetings with Pearsons (publishers), UK Mirror Service, DfEE, the British Library, the DEF project (Danish Electronic Library), MIMAS, LTSN and OCLC.
Pete Cliff co-presented a workshop at the Institutional Web Management event in September which looked at issues surrounding getting a variety of different institutional systems to work together. Pete also gave a presentation at the Public Library Web Managers Workshop on Web site management. From this, a Site Design Strategy for the RDN was developed. This document accompanies the RDN Style and PR Guidelines.
In addition to developing RDN-Include (described below), forthcoming UKOLN activities will concentrate on the development of shared tools and services within the RDN. These will allow lecturers and others to create and share their own resource descriptions and make them available alongside full RDN records as part of an integrated search and browse interface. All records will be available for use within RDN reading lists. The intention is to wrap this functionality within a more personalised RDN Web site. Part of the intention is to make the RDN service more useful within the context of institutional virtual learning environments. This work complements our involvement in the Subjects Portal Development project, a JISC 5/99 funded project that is developing three prototype subject portals to the DNER.
One of the implementation problems of RDN-Include has been the requirement for some technical effort at the host organisation. RDNi-Lite has been developed to counter this and can be implemented by anyone who can create a Web page.
RDN-Include is currently being used on the Manchester Metropolitan Library Web site and Oxford Brookes University Intranet. Other sites are testing the software. It will be used as part of a collaborative project with the British Library. In conjunction with BIOME, we are assisting the NHS in its implementation as part of the National Library for Health Virtual Branch Libraries.Z-directory Another JISC 5/99 project we are involved in is Gate-Z. This project aims to develop a Z39.50-to-Z39.50 gateway that can be used to interface Bath Profile clients to non-Bath Profile targets. By placing Gate-Z in front of their servers, Z39.50 service providers will be able to offer Bath Profile compliant targets without having to modify their existing server configuration or software. Software development for this project is being subcontracted to Crossnet Systems Ltd and all software will be made available on an open-source basis.
As part of the project we are trying to build up a comprehensive picture of existing UK Z39.50 targets. If you offer a target in the UK, please register it (or update your existing registration if necessary) using the Z-directory. We are trying to simplify the registration process with Z-directory by automating the collection of detailed information about the protocol features supported by each target using a Z39.50 robot. Information held in the Z-directory is also available as a set of Explain-Lite XML files as well as in human-readable form.Metadata tools update UKOLN continues to develop and make available small-scale metadata-related tools and demonstrators. RDF Site Summary (RSS) is an XML application for sharing news feeds on the Web. UKOLN has developed RSS-xpress, a tool for creating, registering and viewing RSS news channels.
We have continued to enhance DC-dot. This metadata editor has been regularly updated, to support the most recent recommendations emerging from the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative, and continues to be a popular DC creation tool. It has been used to describe over 32,000 different Web resources since it was first made available. We have also developed DC-assist, a small, flexible Web-based help utility designed to sit alongside other metadata tools. DC-assist can be configured to provide information tailored to your application and the metadata schema in use.DNER Architecture Study Liz Lyon - Director, Andy Powell - Assistant Director and DS&S Team Leader On behalf of the JISC DNER Programme Team, UKOLN have been undertaking a study looking at the architecture of the DNER. This work has developed a functional model for the DNER, based largely on previous MODELS Information Architecture work, and has used this as the basis for a DNER systems architecture the components and services that need to be made available on the network to support that functionality. The intention is to underpin the development of the DNER as a managed collection of resources in an integrated information environment and to provide a standards-based framework that supports a coherent set of co-operating network services. The findings of this study will be made available in a variety of formats through the UKOLN Web site at:
Deliverables will include a DNER Architecture document, annotated PowerPoint presentations about the architecture, a set of usage scenarios, summaries of the functional model and a number of other supporting documents. These resources will be added to the Web site over the next month or so.
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On 1 November a one-day workshop, entitled The Future is Hybrid: Libraries in the 21st Century, was held at the British Library in London. 50 delegates braved the rail network, after the floods of the previous weekend, to hear presentations from the Agora, BUILDER, HeadLine, HyLiFe and MALIBU projects, with small groups in the afternoon providing an opportunity for a more in-depth look at the projects. The demand for this workshop was so high that it was repeated at Manchester Metropolitan University on 20 February and at Edinburgh University Library on 27 February. Links to the Hybrid Library project presentations can be found at:http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/events/hybrid/programme.html
UKOLNs Interoperability Focus hosted a one-day management
briefing, Interoperability at the Coalface, which was held at Church House,
Westminster, on 24 November. 100 delegates enjoyed the surroundings of the venue and heard
presentations by Susie Woodhouse from Resource, and from Paul Miller and Andy Powell of
UKOLN. More details of the event are available at:
The second SCHEMAS workshop took place in Bonn on 2324 November. This event attracted about 40 delegates from all over Europe. The third workshop will be held in Budapest on 1011 May.For more details, see: http://www.schemas-forum.org/workshops/ws2/schemas-ws2.html.
On 68 December the CEDARS project held a one-day workshop followed by a two-day conference at the Viking Moat House Hotel in York. About 70 delegates attended the workshop, Information Infrastructures in Digital Preservation, and were joined by another 80 delegates for the conference, Preservation 2000: An International Conference on the Preservation and Long Term Accessibility of Digital Materials. The conference was sponsored by OCLC and RLG. The delegates enjoyed stimulating presentations from an international list of speakers; the keynote addresses were given by Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive of the British Library, and Jim Michalko, President of the Research Libraries Group. The event was a great success bringing together projects from around the world. Details are available at:http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/events/cedars-2000/
Other events planned for 2001 include a MODELS workshop on authorisation on 2425 April, the fifth Institutional Web Management Workshop, which this year is being held on 2527 June at Queens University, Belfast, and the fourth and final SCHEMAS workshop in Amsterdam at the end of November.
Pete Johnston has recently joined UKOLN as Interoperability Research Officer, to support the work of the Interoperability Focus. Pete was previously working on a digital records management project at the University of Glasgow. The project was based in the University Archives, and he also contributed to work in the area of archival description using EAD, supporting the departments role as a data provider to the HE Archives Hub. Petes technical experience is largely in the field of markup technologies (SGML, XML, XSL-T, XSL-FO etc.); he has a degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Liverpool.
Shirley Keane joined UKOLN as Web Editor in January of this year; her duties include responsibility for the Division of Access and Continuing Studies (DACS) Web site. Shirley has spent a number of years working in the classical record business - in Tokyo, Hamburg and London - before deciding to re-train as a Web designer. She qualified as a Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW) site designer in the spring of 2000 and joined Motortrak, a leading motor industry Web design company, as a Web designer in May 2000.
Sarah Ormes is taking a career break after spending five and a half years at UKOLN where she has been a leading light in advocating the adoption of networking technologies in the public library. We wish Sarah well in her new (ad)ventures.
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Criddle, S., McNab, A., Ormes, S. and Winship, I. The public librarians guide to the Internet. London: Library Association Publishing, 2000, ISBN 1856043282.
The first Internet book specifically aimed at public librarians to be published in the UK.
Russell, R. (ed.) Making sense of standards and technologies for serials management. London: Library Association Publishing, 2000, ISBN 185604338X.
An edited collection of studies by well-known strategic and technical players, covering key enabling standards and technologies for serials management and access.
Chapman, A. NUCAF to REVEAL: the national union catalogue of alternative formats, in Library services for visually impaired people: a manual of best practice. London: Resource, 2000, ISBN 1902394437.
This manual is also available in Braille, audio cassette and computer disk formats, and on the Web site of the National Library for the Blind at:http://www.nlbuk.org/bpm/
Chapman, A. Bibliographic record provision in the UK: measuring availability against demand. Bath: UKOLN, 1999, ISBN 0951685651.
Report available from UKOLN, priced £12 plus £3 p+p.
Chapman, A. and Spiller, D. Trend analysis of monograph acquisitions in public and university libraries in the UK. Loughborough: LISU and UKOLN, 1999, ISBN 1901786293.
Report available from LISU, at Loughborough University, priced £17.50.
Criddle, S., Dempsey, L. and Heseltine, R. (eds.) Information landscapes for a learning society: networking and the future of libraries 3. London: Library Association Publishing, 1999, ISBN 185604310X.
Proceedings of the most recent UKOLN conference.
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