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Contributors' Workshop: Introduction to the Archives Hub 2010


Introduction to the Archives Hub service aimed at contributors.

Introduction to the Archives Hub service aimed at contributors.

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  • These are the summarised objectives of UKAD. We are meeting regularly to try to pursue these objectives further. Please look out for announcements on archives-nra. We are intending to develop a more established web presence as soon as we can.
  • Emphasise the benefits of something like this – the data is accessed via the Hub and via Genesis. Users will not know any difference.
  • Just to say that there are still a number of portals or gateways that are subject based or area based. At present we have not really moved forward with cross-searching these, although other initiatives such as the European APENet initiative are looking to provide aggregated searches at quite an ambitious level. (APENet aims to build a gateway to documents and archives in europe). Funding and resources are always the biggest barriers, but there are also issues of providing clear and easy to use interfaces and not over-facing researchers with masses of results.
  • Very important development. Talk about exposure to Google.


  • 1. The Archives Hub
    An introduction
    Contributor Workshops 2010
    Archives Hub Workshop 2010
  • 2. JISC-funded service based at Mimas, The University of Manchester
    In service since 2000
    Over 23,000 collection descriptions
    180 repositories
    Management and service team at Manchester
    Development team at Liverpool
    Cheshire software
    Distributed system
    The Hub in a Nutshell
    Archives Hub Workshop 2010
  • 3. Strategic aim: build and enhance content
    Meeting the needs of the UK research community
    Meeting the needs of the wider community
    Archives for education and research
    Archives Hub Workshop 2010
    Content and contributors
    The success of the Hub is a reflection of the rich content available from Hub contributors
  • 4. Higher/Further Education
    Consortium contributions
    Institutions with a research agenda
    Others on a case-by-case basis
    We encourage institutions to contact us
    Archives Hub Workshop 2010
    Current contributors
    John Rylands Library, Manchester
  • 5. Originally funded for collection-level but always multi-level
    Software/searches effective with both
    Complimentary approaches
    Researchers ask for detail
    Archives Hub Workshop 2010
    Collection or lower-level…?
    Flickr cc licence: soylentgreen23’s photostream
  • 6. The browser provides a human user interface
    Machine interfaces provide ways for machines to interact with the data
    Enables more exposure and flexible access
    The Hub has:
    Archives Hub Workshop 2010
    Machine oriented interfaces
  • 7. Archives Hub Workshop 2010
    A bit about standards
    EAD is XML for archives
    We have EAD2002 (DTD)
    Cheshire search engine searches and retrieves EAD descriptions
    EAD is ISAD(G) compliant
    The Hub is distributed (Spokes)
  • 8. Archives Hub Workshop 2010
    Hub Data Flow
  • 9. UKAD: part of the UK Archives Discovery Network
    Genesis: exploratory project to share data
    AIM25: collaboration to improve interoperability
    TNA: plans to create links from the NRA
    Copac: have links from the Hub to Copac records
    Archives Hub Workshop 2010
    Collaboration & Sharing
  • 10. Open data
    Name authorities
    Reduction of cataloguing backlogs
    Retro-conversion of hard-copy catalogues
    Access to digitized and digital archives
    Collaboration to promote archives discovery
    Archives Hub Workshop 2010
    UKAD Network aims:
  • 11. Hub hosts data
    Genesis searches the Hub using SRU
    Works by using ‘women’ as an index term
    Benefit of one store of data with different access options.
    Archives Hub Workshop 2010
    Pilot project for SRU: Genesis portal for Women’s Studies
  • 12. Archives Hub Workshop 2010
    National Archive Network
  • 13. All Hub descriptions have their own identifiers – a unique reference
    Gives them their own web address
    Enables bookmarking of content
    Facilitates linking, e.g. from NRA
    Enables exposure to Google
    Archives Hub Workshop 2010
    Persistent Identifiers
  • 14. Understanding our users
    Encouraging item-level descriptions
    Encouraging images/links to content
    Changes in technology
    Perceptions of relevancy
    Understanding Impact
    Archives Hub Workshop 2010
    Flickr cc licence: hoodwink’s photostream
  • 15. Increasing content and contributors
    Working on basic Hub operations – search speeds and relevancy
    More engagement with users
    Exploring user generated content
    Continuing to be standards-based, open and interoperable
    Archives Hub Workshop 2010
    Moving Forward