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July 19, 2007


I've been working on a few things here at UM, in the past couple weeks.

Levels of Adoption

After adding 4 new MODS sets to the Aquifer portal, we went through the just-released Levels of Adoption document to see how well we conformed with our sets (total: 5). It turns out that we land squarely in between Levels 3 and 4. For instance, in level 3 we don't have at least one <genre> element, and in level 4 we almost never have abstracts in our records. But overall, we conform to the majority of requirements for both Levels 3 and 4. Consequently, which level are we really at? And how does this affect our inclusion in the new portal?

Collections Registry

Tom Habing and I worked out a number of the kinks in the modified Collections Registry, to the point where I would be able to modify current records and add new ones. I'm keeping a running list of questions and feature requests for Tom for when he returns from vacation.

I got as far today as modifying or newly entering the records for UM's 5 collections. I'd appreciate it if someone could check my work-- there are a lot of fields I'm not sure about adding to (such as Topics), even for our own collections, and I'm positive I won't be able to add nearly as much information for collections I know next to nothing about.

Try looking at Making of America. If you'd like to see the specific ASHO administrative information, I can add you as a new editor.

Beating the Bushes

I think I'm correct in saying that we have the following collections pending:
- Columbia (last email sent 6/26; no response)
- Northwestern and CHM (Katherine will be contacting)

Otherwise, we're waiting for the CWG to determine who is/will have MODS available from the "short list".

In the meantime, we can do two things:
- check the Registry for potential collections/institutions
- check OAIster for good ASHO collections/institutions

Which one is best to start with first?

However, I don't think all the collections that are currently in the Aquifer portal have submission agreements signed. Maybe someone could enlighten me so that I can modify the records. The institutions in the portal are:
- U Penn
- U Michigan (pending w/ modifications, correct?)
- Indiana
- Library of Congress (pending w/ modifications, correct?)
- U Tennessee Knoxville

Metadata Re-exposure

We're working on it. We just gave the work to our brand-new programmer. In the meantime, I've aggregated all the current harvested records and sent them to Chick (processed and originals).

Posted by khage at July 19, 2007 01:30 PM


Submission agreement status: All signed and submitted except MI and LOC, which are as you note--modified with signature pending.

Posted by: kkott@stanford.edu at July 20, 2007 03:50 PM

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