Re: Cliff Lynch on Institutional Archives

From: Andy Powell <a.powell_at_UKOLN.AC.UK>
Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2003 12:05:21 +0000

On Sun, 16 Mar 2003, Lee Miller wrote:

> Thomas Krichel wrote:
> > The primary sense of belonging
> > of a scholar in her research activities is with the disciplinary
> > community of which she thinks herself a part of. It certainly
> > is not with the institution. Therefore, if you want to fill
> > institutional archives---which I agree is the best long-run way
> > to enhance access and preservation to scholarly research---it
> > to institutional archive has to be accompanied by a discipline-based
> > aggregation process.
> I strongly agree.
> The simplest way to aggregate papers within disciplines would be include a
> discipline field in the metadata. This gets back to the problems of subject
> classification, but at the discipline level a short list of defined
> discipline descriptors should be sufficient.

The 'ePrints UK' project is building 8 discipline-focused eprint discovery

However, our primary mechanism for partitioning eprints by discipline will
not be based on subject classification descriptors in the metadata.
Instead, we will harvest both the metadata and full-text (where available)
and pass these to an automatic subject-classification Web service being
developed for the project by OCLC as part of its metadata switch activity

The Web service will assign one or more Dewey terms to each eprint. These
will then be used to group eprints into one or more subject areas.


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