4 Background

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Recent work has been undertaken by the Resource Discovery Taskforce, a joint JISC and Research Libraries UK (RLUK) initiative, to develop a vision of having a collaborative, aggregated and integrated resource discovery and delivery framework[i]. This will establish the framework for a shared UK resource discovery infrastructure to support research and learning, to which libraries, archives, museums and other resource providers can contribute open metadata for access and reuse.
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The benefits of aggregation, with regard to bibliographic metadata are understood. Among others, it supports one-stop searching, provides alternative, sometimes tailored, routes into the content, and increases the exposure of collections. Increased exposure of multi-media collections can also result in valuable, often small, collections held in diverse organisations being targeted for preservation (see Appendix A – Desk Research). This scoping study seeks to build on previous work to scope the issues and barriers to creating and making available an aggregation of open and shareable metadata of images and time-based media, and to identify potential opportunities and benefits that such an aggregation would provide.
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One route to providing better access to digital collections is by including the collections in aggregations that are promoted and exposed through commonly used channels such as commercial search services. Google is one type of aggregator. Many organisations are using the standards of the Open Archives Initiative (OAI) to both publish and to harvest metadata.
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[i] Resource Discovery Taskforce Blog
Resource Discovery Taskforce Vision

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