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.
The Archives Hub An introduction Contributor Workshops 2010 Archives Hub Workshop 2010
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
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
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
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
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: SRU Z39.50 OAI-PMH Archives Hub Workshop 2010 Machine oriented interfaces
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)
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 CALM/Adlib Archives Hub Workshop 2010 Collaboration & Sharing
Open data Standards 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:
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
Archives Hub Workshop 2010 National Archive Network
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
Understanding our users Encouraging item-level descriptions Encouraging images/links to content Changes in technology Perceptions of relevancy Understanding Impact Sustainability Archives Hub Workshop 2010 Challenges Flickr cc licence: hoodwink’s photostream
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