Phase 2 of the Discovery programme and some new projects

The Discovery programme runs until the end of 2012. To enable us to learn as we go we have split the programme into 3 distinct phases. Phase 1 is complete and we have moved into phase 2 of the discovery programme. Phase 1 focused on open metadata and is summarised on the JISC website. You will be able to read summaries of the lessons from phase 1 on the Discovery site later this week.

Phase 2 is described on the JISC website. In this phase we will continue the efforts to understand the best approaches to open metadata and to produce advice, guidance and advocacy on the productive approaches we uncover. However it also includes projects designed to reuse open metadata to address problems and meet use cases for libraries, museums and archives and their users.

There are 9 of these projects

Contextual wrappers 2 – will develop resource discovery services for people interested in museum resources by using open, integrated and contextualised collections information from across University Museums. Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge.
Problem or use case it is addressing: Enriching museum metadata to support new forms of discovery

Copac collection management – developing a tool that libraries can use to analyse their collections in comparison to other university libraries by using the data stored in Copac. Mimas
Problem or use case it is addressing: Enabling libraries to analyse their collections and evaluate them against other libraries to make effective judgements on what to keep and what to discard.

Digital Bodleian – provide linked data, apis and a new user interface for the Bodleian’s substantial collection of digital assets. University of Oxford
Problem or use case it is addressing: Providing coherent discovery for varied collections and enabling and promoting reuse of the metadata about those collections

DiscoverEDINA – a three pronged project that is developing software to extract metadata from and embed new metadata in multimedia content; developing a crowd sourcing tool for the enriching the metadata about the content in JISC MediaHub; enhance the open linked data available from SUNCAT. EDINA.
Problem or use case it is addressing: Enriching metadata and enabling and promoting reuse

Pelagios 2 – developing a toolkit for Ancient World resources so that collection providers can expose their metadata and find and visualise geospatial connections between open collections of Ancient World resources. Open University.
Problem or use case it is addressing: making it easy to make open metadata available, visualising it and enabling and promoting reuse.

Search25 – will provide a new open resource discovery experience at the M25 consortium regional level, offering researchers the advantages of both local/regional and national resource discovery.
Problem or use case it is addressing: Providing coherent discovery for varied collections and enabling and promoting reuse of the metadata about those collections

Servicecore – will develop the core repository tool to enable users to find papers that are on similar topics in the UK’s repositories
Problem or use case it is addressing: Enriching metadata about articles in repositories and enabling and promoting reuse of that metadata.

Step Change – will embed functionality to create linked data into the cataloguing interface of the CALM archive software, will enhance the UK archival thesaurus so it can be used as a semantic tagging tool and will work with Historypin to enable the geographical exploration of archive content.
Problem or use case it is addressing: Enriching metadata about archives contents, visualising it and enabling and promoting reuse of that metadata.

The cutting edge – will create a new online resource to support teaching and research into tools with sharp edges, it will do this by bringing together metadata from several important collections housed within the Great North Museum.
Problem or use case it is addressing: Providing coherent discovery and exploration for varied collections and enabling and promoting reuse of the metadata about those collections

These projects all started recently and will run until July 2012. They are a varied and exciting series of projects and I am looking forward to seeing what they produce and learn.

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