This blog is to share the final report for the JISC-funded Scoping Study: Aggregations of Metadata about Images and Time-based Media and was previously used to invite comment and discussion on each of the sections of the report. Comments are now closed, and thanks given to those who have commented and given feedback. This was the first time EDINA used this approach to sharing a final report, and your comments have been valuable.
Downloadable pdf versions of this Final Report and Appendices A-E are available from the Scoping Study: Aggregations of Metadata about Images and Time-based Media Project Page.
The supplementary Appendix (E Use of Blog and Comment Software for Feedback) is also available for download and is not available on this blog. This is to share experience with others considering use of a blog for feedback on a report; and to help other users who intend to use the WordPress Blog software with the digress.it plugin.
Title: Scoping Study: Aggregations of Metadata about Images and Time-based Media
Carried out by: EDINA (JISC National Data Centre)
Authors: Sheila Fraser, Leah Halliday, James Stewart, Caroline Ingram and Tim Stickland
Date: October 2010
The aim of this short (3-month) scoping study was to determine the feasibility, viability and value of creating an aggregation of metadata about images and time-based media (films and sounds). The research was conducted by EDINA, and is intended to contribute to the implementation of the Resource Discovery Taskforce vision of having a collaborative, aggregated and integrated resource discovery and delivery framework[i] for UK Higher and Further Education.
The scoping study sought to elicit views from a wide range of stakeholder groups: which has revealed a wide range of views, sometimes opposing. Integrating the views of such a range of stakeholders with such diverse experience has been a challenging task.
A total of 80 respondents took part through interviews and online survey: 47 completing the online survey and 40 being interviewed (of which 7 were follow-ups to the online survey). Following the interviews and online survey period, a further 8 people who attended the UK Metadata Forum meeting at the Repository Fringe seminar 2010 participated in a break-out group which further explored the issues addressed during this consultation exercises.
The range of stakeholder groups and range of views was very diverse. In order to extend the consultation exercise of this 3 month study and verify the findings, feedback on this report is encouraged via this blog.