Introducing the Technical Principles for the Discovery Ecosystem

We’re pleased to announce that our colleagues at UKOLN, and specifically Paul Walk, have taken the comments provided by the Discovery Advisory groups and revised the draft Technical Principles for the Discovery Ecosystem.

In short, the Principles for the Discovery Ecosytem are:

1. Discovery is heterogeneous
2. Discovery is resource-oriented
3. Discovery is distributed
4. Discovery relies on persistent global identifiers
5. Discovery is built on aggregations of metadata
6. Discovery works well with global search engines
7. Discovery data is explicitly licensed for (re)use

Please check out the Technical Foundations post for more detail on these guiding principles and what we mean by them. We certainly invite comments or question.

Here Paul also comments on the practical challenge of balancing consensus with agility, and at the same time staying open to innovation.  Indeed, principles are all very well, well, ‘in principle’… but our next swathe of activity will be tackling just these challenges as we work to cascade and embed these Principles (along with the Discovery Open Metadata Principles) within the real-world contexts of library, archive, and museum content discovery. To have any impact, the Principles must be supplemented by supporting materials and guidelines — from technical ‘how to’ guides, to a range of case studies representing different types of institutions and starting points when it comes to opening up metadata for online discovery.

We’ll also need to engage people face-to-face as much as possible, and a number of training events will be planned for the Spring and Summer of next year.  Tomorrow I’ll be getting together with folks here at Mimas (Jane Stevenson, Diana Massam and Lisa Jeskins) along with David Kay and Owen Stephens to kick off that area of work in earnest: refining our approach to the case studies, determining our approach to training (and key learning objectives), and, on a fundamental level, discussing and agreeing exactly who we will be targetting for our training workshops given the broad spectrum of potential stakeholders we could potentially engage.  I’ll look forward to posting on the progress of this are work, and inviting feedback on our approach.

In the meantime, comments or questions concerning the Technical Principles are welcome over here

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