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  • Hub Innovations Spaceforall 2009

    1. 1. Innovative ways, sustainable means: The Archives Hub's space exploration
    2. 2. Space for All... <ul><li>The Archives Hub as a space for innovations </li></ul><ul><li>How archive repositories can use the Archives Hub to enhance their virtual space </li></ul>Space for All 2009
    3. 3. THE ARCHIVES HUB <ul><li>Make the most of your virtual space ... </li></ul>Space for All 2009
    4. 4. The Hub in a Nutshell <ul><li>Based at Mimas, University of Manchester </li></ul><ul><li>In service since 2000 </li></ul><ul><li>Over 23,000 collection descriptions </li></ul><ul><li>170 repositories </li></ul><ul><li>JISC funded </li></ul><ul><li>Management and service team at Manchester </li></ul><ul><li>Development team at Liverpool </li></ul><ul><li>Cheshire software </li></ul><ul><li>Cheshire for Archives – works with EAD descriptions </li></ul><ul><li>Distributed system </li></ul>Space for All 2009
    5. 5. Content and contributors <ul><li>Strategic aim: build and enhance content </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting the needs of the UK research community </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting the needs of the wider community </li></ul><ul><li>Archives for education and research </li></ul>Space for All 2009 Flickr cc licence: eileenaway's photostream The success of the Hub is a reflection of the rich content available from Hub contributors
    6. 6. BE SEEN <ul><li>Make the most of your virtual space... </li></ul>Space for All 2009
    7. 7. Archives Hub across the UK Space for All 2009
    8. 8. Archives Hub searches Space for All 2009
    9. 9. Archives Hub visits and views Space for All 2009 Monthly visits April 2008 – April 2009 Monthly page views April 2008 – April 2009
    10. 10. International perspective Space for All 2009 Visits from around the world, April 2008 – April 2009
    11. 11. Archives Hub: top content Space for All 2009 Content Performance April 2008 – April 2009
    12. 12. BENEFIT FROM HUB TECHNICAL DEVELOPMENTS <ul><li>Make the most of your virtual space... </li></ul>Space for All 2009
    13. 13. Innovation through technology... Space for All 2009 + understanding users = Recipe for user satisfaction
    14. 14. The Hub Space: behind the scenes Space for All 2009 <ul><li>Sustainable </li></ul><ul><li>Transparent </li></ul><ul><li>XML data </li></ul><ul><li>Efficient search </li></ul><ul><li>mechanism </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible access </li></ul>
    15. 15. FACILITATE ACCESS TO CONTENT <ul><li>Make the most of your virtual space... </li></ul>Space for All 2009
    16. 16. Add links to digital objects Space for All 2009
    17. 17. BECOME A SPOKE <ul><li>Make the most of your virtual space... </li></ul>Space for All 2009
    18. 18. The Distributed Hub Flickr cc licence : Thomas Hawk The main goal of a distributed computing system is to connect users and resources in a transparent , open, and scalable way. Ideally this arrangement is drastically more fault tolerant and more powerful than many combinations of stand-alone computer systems. [Wikipedia] <ul><li>Administration interface </li></ul><ul><li>Customisable web front-end </li></ul><ul><li>Machine-to-machine interfaces </li></ul><ul><li>Data Creation Template </li></ul><ul><li>Local control </li></ul><ul><li>Technical support locally </li></ul><ul><li>Hub team support </li></ul>Space for All 2009
    19. 19. Spokes software <ul><li>Offers a means of storing and sharing archival descriptions in XML </li></ul><ul><li>Provides machine-to-machine access to the descriptions through Z39.50 and SRU (Search and Retrieve via URL) & OAI-PMH for harvesting records </li></ul><ul><li>Provides a customisable Web search interface </li></ul><ul><li>Is open source and based on open standards </li></ul><ul><li>Includes a data creation and editing template </li></ul>Space for All 2009
    20. 20. Anatomy of a Spoke Space for All 2009 EAD XML files Web search interface Direct searching access for other applications through standards-based machine-to-machine protocols … Including the central Hub! Z39.50 SRU Cheshire indexes of EAD data HTTP
    21. 21. Spoke Administration Space for All 2009
    22. 22. Statistics Space for All 2009
    23. 23. Leeds Spoke Space for All 2009
    24. 24. John Rylands Spoke Space for All 2009
    25. 25. Being an Archives Hub Spoke… <ul><li>Gives you control over your own EAD files </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows you to update and add new files when you need to </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Exposes your EAD to other applications which need to cross-search the descriptions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Using standards-compliant methods </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Means you benefit from using software that has been developed with the Archives Hub community </li></ul>Space for All 2009
    26. 26. BE PART OF THE NETWORK <ul><li>Make the most of your virtual space.... </li></ul>Space for All 2009
    27. 27. The National Archives Network <ul><li>‘ Our vision of the future of British archives is of a flow of archival information which takes account of all the opportunities offered by digital networks and offers opportunity for exploration - historical, personal, social - to the broadest possible range of people wherever they can use it - in the home, the classroom or the office.’ </li></ul>Space for All 2009 British Archives: The Way Forward (NCA, 2000) A comprehensive national resource discovery mechanism
    28. 28. The importance <ul><li>‘ There can be no higher priority for archives than the creation of this collaborative electronic network, overcoming the limitations of geography, crossing the many archival sectors and creating a truly unified digital directory or encyclopaedia of British historical documents.’ </li></ul>Space for All 2009 British Archives: The Way Forward (NCA, 2000)
    29. 29. National Archive Network Space for All 2009
    30. 30. Progress of the NAN <ul><li>Many archives took part in this drive towards a national archives network </li></ul><ul><li>… many still are taking part </li></ul><ul><li>The importance of recognised standards </li></ul><ul><li>Intention to create collection level catalogues of all substantial collections within a defined timeframe </li></ul>Space for All 2009
    31. 31. Success of the NAN <ul><li>Strands of the national archives network provide access to archives that were previously inaccessible </li></ul><ul><li>The HLF has played a major role in enabling access and online discovery </li></ul><ul><li>Users of archives have benefited enormously </li></ul><ul><li>Data standards have become of central importance </li></ul>Space for All 2009
    32. 32. Shortcomings of the NAN <ul><li>We don’t have a single national network </li></ul><ul><li>Differences in data structure; content; search capabilities; look and feel </li></ul><ul><li>Strands are not fully interoperable </li></ul><ul><li>Politics, funding and willpower may not combine in favour of this approach </li></ul>Space for All 2009 But the landscape has changed substantially since 2000 – maybe the space has changed and this solution is no longer appropriate?
    33. 33. The NAN today <ul><li>Many ‘strands’ </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of funding for a joint solution </li></ul><ul><li>Great deal of experience and expertise but lack of resources </li></ul>Space for All 2009 <ul><li>NAN as: </li></ul><ul><li>a community, sharing knowledge and experiences </li></ul><ul><li>a promoter of standards and facilitator for data sharing </li></ul><ul><li>a promoter of flexible and open approaches </li></ul>
    34. 34. BE INTEROPERABLE <ul><li>Make the most of your virtual space... </li></ul>Space for All 2009
    35. 35. The Interoperable Hub Space for All 2009 The ability of software and hardware on different machines to share data <ul><li>Content standards </li></ul><ul><li>Structural standards </li></ul><ul><li>Validation of content </li></ul><ul><li>Training and awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Contributor responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>Networking and community building </li></ul>
    36. 36. Space for All 2009
    37. 37. Machine-to-machine interfaces <ul><li>Web access is just one means of access to the data </li></ul><ul><li>Machine access provides flexible access, so people can set their own agendas </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Z39.50 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SRU </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OAI-PMH (harvester) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Need to provide semantic data – properly marked up, well-structured </li></ul>Space for All 2009
    38. 38. Pilot project for SRU: Genesis portal for Women’s Studies <ul><li>Hub hosts data </li></ul><ul><li>Genesis searches the Hub using SRU </li></ul><ul><li>User searches for “women” as subject as a default and whatever else they have entered </li></ul><ul><li>One description, held in one place </li></ul>Space for All 2009
    39. 39. IDENTIFY DESCRIPTIONS <ul><li>Make the most of your virtual space... </li></ul>Space for All 2009
    40. 40. Persistent Identifiers <ul><li>All Hub descriptions have their own identifiers – a unique reference </li></ul><ul><li>Gives them their own web address – can point to any description </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitates linking, e.g. from National Register of Archives </li></ul><ul><li>Enables bookmarking of content </li></ul>Space for All 2009
    41. 41. THE FUTURE <ul><li>Make the most of your virtual space... </li></ul>Space for All 2009
    42. 42. Challenges (of which there are many) <ul><li>Understanding our users </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding Impact </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Adding images </li></ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Perceptions of relevancy </li></ul>Space for All 2009 Flickr cc licence: hoodwink’s photostream
    43. 43. A Space for All <ul><li>Increasing content and contributors </li></ul><ul><li>Branding and new Website </li></ul><ul><li>More engagement with users / user generated content </li></ul><ul><li>Continuing to be standards-based, open and interoperable </li></ul>Space for All 2009
    44. 44. BENEFIT FROM & PARTICIPATE IN HUB DEVELOPMENT <ul><li>Make the most of your virtual space.... </li></ul>Space for All 2009

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