Repositioning,Realignment, and theResearcherFriedel Grant (The European Library), Susan Reilly(LIBER), Aubéry Escande (The European Library)
Why are we here?5 million digital objects from research libraries + Millions of bibliographic records, digital objects and full-text pages from national libraries = A new one-stop-shop for digital humanities and social science researchers
The First Step: Getting To Know The Researcher“If you give an audience a chance, they will do half your acting for you.” –William Hazlitt (English writer)
How did we ‘meet the audience’?• Conferences & Workshops• Group discussions• Online Networking (Twitter, blogs)
What We Learned• Gather a critical and contextual mass of content. “The humanities community needs a critical mass of digital resources and needs common tools, services, and repositories if they are to move beyond ‘boutique projects’ to a solid foundation of theory and method.” –Christine L. Borgman, Presidential Chair in Information Studies, UCLA• Information must be easy to cite and reuse.• Put it in their workflow.
Part 2: Realignment: building theEuropeana Libraries PartnershipSusan Reilly (LIBER)
Portrait of an unknown male scholar, http://www.vads.ac.uk/large.php?uid=86386
Making it happen- the partnership Conference of European National Libraries Europeana Foundation Consortium of European Research Association of Libraries European Research Libraries
What the project will achieve• A valuable resource for researchers with full-text search capabilities• A robust network of national and research libraries• An efficient sustainable aggregation model for research libraries across Europe This means developing the framework for a library domain aggregation service! !!!
Getting there: using the same hymn sheet• Create a sustainable business model• Create standards for best practice• Communicate value ofEuropeana Librariesto research librariesandto researchers• Develop dedicated portal
Modelling the aggregator landscape Online Funding presence model Domain Data quality Level of aggregation Country No. of subscribers by Paul Williams http://www.flickr.com/photos/16056465@N00/6418238995
Scenario building: what should the service look like?• Funding• Services• Service delivery• Content acquisition We were locked in a room…
Validation of value propositions• We keep asking…. • Enabling searching of bibliographic records of texts in hard copy and metadata for related digitised texts at the same time • Offering OCR services for providers’ digital content to support full text searching in the portal • Pushing the data out to other academic / research services • Providing access to universities’ own digital repositories …and more?
The business model Best scenario Value propositions Costingsby Josh Roulston http://www.flickr.com/photos/joshroulston/93236851/sizes/z/in/photostream /
Getting to the finishing line• Governance requirements• Governance agreement• IPR requirements specification (full text delivery)• Business and network development plan