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A Standards Framework For Digital Library Programmes

This page contains access to a paper on "A Standards Framework For Digital Library Programmes" by Brian Kelly, Rosemary Russell, Pete Johnston (UKOLN), Alastair Dunning (AHDS), Paul Hollins (CETIS) and Lawrie Phipps (JISC TechDis).

The paper was presented by Rosemary Russell at the ichim05 Conference which was held on 21st-23rd September 2005 in Paris.


This paper is available from the University of Bath repository.

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Citation Details

A Standards Framework For Digital Library Programmes, Kelly, B., Russell, R., Johnston, P., Dunning, A., Hollins, P. and Phipps, L. ichim05 Conference Proceedings. <>


This paper describes a layered approach to selection and use of open standards which is being developed for digital library development work within the UK. This approach reflects the diversity of the technical environment, the service provider's environment, the user requirements and maturity of standards by separating contextual aspects; technical and non-technical policies; the selection of appropriate solutions and the compliance layer.

To place the layered approach in a working context, case studies are provided of the types of environments in which the standards framework could be implemented, from an established standards-based service, to a new service in the process of selecting and implementing metadata standards. These examples serve to illustrate the need for such frameworks.

Keywords: open standards; digital libraries; policies; frameworks; guidelines

Author Details

Mr Brian Kelly
University of Bath
Mrs Rosemary Russell
University of Bath
Mr Pete Johnston
University of Bath
Mr Alastair Dunning
26 - 29 Drury Lane
Mr Paul Hollins
The University Of Bolton
Mr Lawrie Phipps
York Science Park
YO10 5ZF

Biographical Details

Brian Kelly is an adviser on Web standards and technologies to the UK Higher and Further Education communities and the museums, libraries and archives sector. Brian became active in Web development in the early days of the Web, having helped establish a Web site at the University of Leeds in January 1993. He immediately saw the potential of the Web and became a early pioneer and advocate of the Web. Brian joined UKOLN in 1996 and has been active in promoting use of Web standards and best practices since then, initially within the higher and further education communities, but now also to the cultural heritage sector.

Brian Kelly is the lead author of this paper. His email address is

Rosemary Russell has worked for UKOLN at the University of Bath since 1995, where she is currently Interoperability Focus Officer. She has both managed and participated in a number of projects and initiatives to enhance semantic, technical and organisational interoperability.

Pete Johnston is a Research Officer at UKOLN at the University of Bath. Pete's effort is divided between the work of the Interoperability Focus on promoting strategies for the effective exchange and reuse of information and a research project on metadata registries. Pete is an active contributor to the work of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative: he is currently a member of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative Advisory Board and chair of the Dublin Core Collection Description Working Group.

Alastair Dunning works at King's College London for the UK Arts and Humanities Data Service, a digital archive for research resources in the arts and humanities. He has had much experience in the application of standards, particularly in advising museums, universities and individual scholars in building digital resources funded by the New Opportunities Fund and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Paul Hollins is Manager of the Centre for Educational Technological Interoperability Standards (CETIS) hosted by the University of Bolton. CETIS represents the UK HE and FE communities on international learning technology standards initiatives.

Lawrie Phipps is the TechDis Senior Advisor for Higher Education in the UK. His background is in staff development and e-learning, designing and developing virtual field trips and courses and supporting science lecturers in learning and teaching. Within TechDis Lawrie is currently working on issues of accessibility and pedagogy, e-learning as a tool for empowerment of disabled students and e-learning policy and strategy.

Citations Of The Paper

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