Filenames are not metadata, changing cultures at the University of York
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Julie Allinson; Beyond Advocacy: A Bradford Master Class on Institutional Repositories, 20th November 2008

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Filenames are not metadata, changing cultures at the University of York Filenames are not metadata, changing cultures at the University of York Presentation Transcript

  • Julie Allinson <ja546@york.ac.uk> Beyond Advocacy: A Bradford Master Class on Institutional Repositories, 20 th November 2008 ? M E T A D A T A Images from flickr, credits available on request C:/my stuff/misc/ filenames .jpeg are not changing cultures at the University of York filenames are not
  • A digital library for York
    • Building an infrastructure, not a complete solution
    • Focus on multimedia, not research texts
    • Complements other systems (WRRO!)
    • A three-year project with a secure future
    • A software development project (Fedora Commons and Muradora)
    • A service-in-development for users at York and beyond
  • What do users want? http://flickr.com/photos/drachmann/327122302/
  • Put stuff in … easily http://flickr.com/photos/j26/294993415/
  • Get stuff out … easily http://flickr.com/photos/lauren_pressley/374583674/ http://flickr.com/photos/roscoe/330526005/
  • Access anywhere http://flickr.com/photos/meensel/2998304841/ http://flickr.com/photos/ahh_ludmilla/2947017771/
  • Re-use, recycle http:// flickr.com/photos/kingdesmond/477389196/
  • Trust, security & access control http://flickr.com/photos/kevandotorg/453709718/ http://flickr.com/photos/piotramigo/2288437265/
  • Barriers? None for me, please http://flickr.com/photos/roarpett/843941580/ http://flickr.com/photos/nine_acatl/2583159824/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikecogh/2966158641/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/timbush/2238960402/
  • Sell stuff http://flickr.com/photos/busman/53045826/
  • I Want, nay, Need http://flickr.com/photos/chough/87501689/ http://flickr.com/photos/makarellos/2200054278/
  • Metadata … always important http://flickr.com/photos/erica_marshall/2666112988/ http://flickr.com/photos/acadia_library/2250181797/
  • Approaches to advocacy
    • Strategic input
    • Ongoing, infrequent engagement
    • Ad-hoc and opportunity-driven
    • Focussed, in-Department effort
  • History of Art – a case study
    •  Staffing the slide library
    •  Scanning under the CLA Licence
    •  Improving quality of legacy metadata
    •  Enabling remote access
    •  Talking to users daily
    • ? ‘Advising’ on copyright
    • ? Changing the culture, slowly
    • ? Implementing access control
    •  Sometimes saying ‘No’
  • Filenames are not metadata?
  • Thoughts (1)
    • Not everybody has ‘repository’ in their job description
    • … or even knows what ‘repository’ means
  • Thoughts (2)
    • It’s impossible to please everybody
    • … but trying to make everybody happy is a noble aim
  • Thoughts (3)
    • Don’t set precedents you can’t keep up with
    • … be enthusiastic, but be honest & realistic too
  • Thoughts (4)
    • Once is never enough
    • … keep talking, keep listening, keep testing, keep demonstrating
  • At York …
    • We’re still at the very beginning
    • (and have already made mistakes)
    • Where have we ‘got it right’?
      • Clear purpose from the start
      • Long-term commitment
      • Mix & match advocacy
      • A lot of user engagement … and much more to come
  • Something from our collections
    • Laon Cathedral east window panel 8, w.0
    • Depicts: Judas' betrayal - the arrest in Gethsemane.
    • c.1210-1215.
    • Photographer: Cowen, Painton
    Copyright Painton Cowen, 2008
  • Questions?