Discovery to Delivery at EDINA and Mimas (D2D@E&M)
Discovery to Delivery at EDINA and Mimas is a collaborative project between the two National Data Centres. It responds to the proposal put forth by JISC, RLUK and the BL which requested projects where discovery services could work together effectively as pieces of the UK e-infrastructure to help to provide seamless access and delivery.
Aims and Objectives
The overall aim of the project is to improve the quality of the user experience for UK researchers and students in their tasks of finding and gaining access to scholarly publications. Coherency will be established between Copac, SUNCAT and Zetoc. This will be achieved through the creation of a scholarly communications web site (together with scoping for a portal) and by establishing links from Copac and SUNCAT to Zetoc. There will also be work carried out to offer a series of delivery options, via a Broker, once discovery has been made. Finally, the project will develop facilities which will allow users to personalise their requirements.
The Project Team will comprise of staff from both NDCs. This team will be formally responsible for the project.
The Co-Directors will direct the project, and the Project Managers will oversee the work-programme. The technical teams at each NDC will define and document the technical architecture to be used in each work-package. The Project Team will agree collectively on the standards to be deployed for development, and also on where further investigation is required. The project managers will ensure that these specification documents are shared with the larger project team and that adequate feedback mechanisms are in place to ensure consensus over approach. In addition, a Reference Group will be established. Membership will comprise representatives from key stakeholders.
Anticipated Outputs and Outcomes
- Moving from discovery to delivery (using OpenURL and similar technologies for this)
- Improving the quantity of TOC and other data currently available, by incorporating the services of other aggregators and publishers
- Making appropriate connectivity with other JISC-funded resource discovery initiatives
- Investigating possibilities for presenting different views (e.g. regional and local) from national aggregations, and how to deal with the lack of a unified interface.
- Integrating authentication services, and providing a consistent approach to the presentation to end users of licensing restrictions
- Investigating linkages with interlending functionality for material which only exists in a physical format, and with local circulation control systems
- Enabling and supporting the incorporation of web 2.0 functionality to allow users to personalise and share data,
- The need for simple and intuitive interfaces
Technology and Standards Used
- Dublin Core
- IESR metadata schema
- Joy Palmer (Mimas Manager) Library and Archival Services, Mimas, Kilburn Building, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL, Tel. 0161 306 6622 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fred Guy (SUNCAT Project Manager) EDINA, Causewayside House, 158-162 Causewayside, Edinburgh EH9 1PR, Scotland, UK Tel. 0131 651 3875 email@example.com