Consistency

Consistency

There are feasible and worthwhile approaches which will improve the consistency with which repositories share metadata

As part of our work to "examine the feasibility of approaches to improve the consistency with which repositories share material", we are looking at this in regard to 3 areas: metadata (this idea), the materials themselves and descriptions of repository policies (e.g. on IPR) [materials and policies appear as separate ideas].

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Broad principles not tight prescriptions

The changes in technology, the diversity of cataloguing practice,

the diversity of ownership and legal considerations and the

possibilities for metadata to be created remotely all mean that

acceptable and achievable recommendations for consistency between

repositories are likely to be broad principles with examples of good

practice rather than prescriptive rules or precise recommendations.

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Metadata will increasingly be created remotely at the point of need

Far from becoming irrelevant, metadata for repository items will

become more important but it will increasingly be created and assigned

remotely. This will be by automated procedures such as indexing and

text analysis and also by users and readers, through the use of

tagging mechanisms. These developments will have implications for

consistency between repositories and between items.

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We should manage, not embrace, inconsistency

Inconsistency is a fact of life, and any repository instance or system that wants to avoid bottlenecks is going to have to accept items that have inconsistent metadata (and possibly inconsistent formats and policies, though consistency in those areas may be easier or more important to enforce). That doesn't mean you have to settle for it, though. It's possible to take a progressive approach, where messy metadata comes ...more »

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A series of 20 key interviews to assess the feasibility of approaches to improve consistency

In particular we want to ask these key interviewees the questions to which you would like to hear the answers. So if you have an interesting or useful question (or more than one), particularly concerning the creation of user-facing services using repository content, then please use the comment facility to suggest it. Or even better put it here as a new idea (go to the home page and choose New Idea, then choose category ...more »

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We should embrace inconsistency

We cannot achieve consistency, so if it is important then we are doomed to failure. Why can't we achieve consistency? There are (say) 200 universities in the UK, and perhaps 20,000 worldwide, then there are subject repositories, project repositories, library and archive repositories and commercial repositories (which may be free or charged for or a mixture). There are data repositories, image repositories, paper ...more »

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