Collaboration from a data provider's perspective

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Riley, Jenn. "Collaboration from a data provider's perspective." Digital Library Federation Fall Forum, November 7-9, 2005, Charlottesville, VA.

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Collaboration from a data provider's perspective

  1. 1. Collaboration from a data provider’s perspective Jenn Riley Metadata Librarian Indiana University
  2. 2. Collaboration provides education       Learn from both service providers and other data providers Practical and theoretical lessons Selection of software Need to create “view” of metadata for shared environment Improvements can be iterative Community as resource
  3. 3. Collaboration promotes quality    Demonstrates potential of how metadata can be used in a shared environment Allows data providers to see the results of their efforts Incentive for data provider to provide additional robustness
  4. 4. Collaboration encourages innovation     “Two heads are better than one” Innovations from each side can move to the other Can negate the “chicken and egg” problem Shared metadata can serve as a testbed for local improvements
  5. 5. Collaboration sets priorities     Optional parts of the OAI protocol to implement Adoption of new metadata formats Exposure of new materials Can de-prioritize things service providers normalize for their own purposess
  6. 6. Collaboration poses challenges       Data providers must collaborate with multiple service providers We can’t customize metadata for each and every service provider Loss of control is scary Project-specific guidelines not enough Community-based standards and best practices needed No hacks!
  7. 7. The bottom line Collaboration benefits everyone.

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