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June 11, 2007

EDIT: Collection Solicitation Draft

Folks, I've edited the Collection Solicitation draft using the comments of the collection submission advisory group (Tim, Sarah, Jenn, Perry, me). Please comment: go ahead and just comment on this blog entry.

Edits for later: The Best Practices wiki URL will change at some point in the near future. Also, we might wish to point instead to the published versions on the DLF site.

Also, we need to determine who will be responsible for ingestion of collection submissions. I think we can hash that out at Friday's meeting.

DLF Aquifer seeks material that fits within an American culture and life theme, broadly defined. The Aquifer Collections Working Group will evaluate the metadata to determine whether it is in the Aquifer scope.

The current method for gathering material is by metadata harvesting using OAI-PMH. We ask data providers to make MODS records available according to the Digital Library Federation/Aquifer Implementation Guidelines for Shareable MODS Records. In addition, potential data providers may find the OAI Best Practices useful, in particular the Shareable Metadata and Data Provider Implementations sections.

We understand that many libraries and cultural heritage organizations have metadata in other formats and we are investigating the possibility of providing mapping support for transformations from MARC, EAD and possibly VRA formats to Aquifer style MODS. The Aquifer team is modeling workflows for ingesting new collections and would be glad to work with collection providers and their technical contacts to create flexible methods to add content with metadata in other formats. We strongly recommend that these formats be as rich or richer than MODS or MARC, in keeping with our efforts to provide as much detail as possible. It also bears noting that a requirement of OAI-PMH is that data providers make the oai_dc (simple Dublin Core) format available.

As per the Aquifer mission, the metadata we collect should point to digital objects. These digital resources should also be made available for additional purposes within our framework, e.g., as thumbnails for Asset Actions services; for manipulation of the resources themselves.

For organizations without OAI data providers or plans to set one up, we are also considering offering a Static Repository setup service. We welcome the opportunity to discuss this idea with collection providers. For those interested in this avenue, the requirement is XML-enabled metadata.

When collections are submitted, we ask that the provider insure the continued availability of the resources through Aquifer by signing a submission agreement. The agreement also outlines the Digital Library Federation's right to use the digital material and metadata within the Aquifer project.

Send expressions of interest and questions to need group/individual.

Posted by khage at June 11, 2007 04:05 PM


This looks good to me. One resource we are missing for this project is a person to support the CWG. Susan has offered to bring in an intern to support CWG work. Would that be helpful?

I'm willing to be the contact person for expressions of interest and questions to start.

Posted by: at June 11, 2007 05:18 PM

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