ERIC Number: ED437932
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-21
Reference Count: N/A
The ERIC Database and Its Technical Processes: Entering the 21st Century.
Sutton, Stuart A.
This paper explores general issues surrounding the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) database--its content, operations, and possible "futures." It addresses specific questions regarding restrictions on content and, in particular, the exclusion from the database of a range of non-print media; and the exclusion of the majority of resources and services developed independently by the ERIC Clearinghouses. A transitioning of the database to a knowledgebase is suggested, through fully integrating the system's disparate and currently unrelated services and resources. The paper examines the need to adopt emerging metadata standards as the mechanism for describing all resources and services system-wide. In addition, it presents one model of a distributed repository system to suggest alternatives to the current centralized modes as a possible means of managing the volatility of Web-based resources. As ERIC incorporates new technologies and capabilities set out in the ERIC Processing and Reference Facility "Statement of Work," it will have the opportunity to put into place more streamlined processes both for the ongoing development of the knowledgebase and for the development of new technologies that will shape its evolution. The commentary in this area is divided into two major parts: the devolution of some of the editorial functions performed by the Facility to the Clearinghouses; and a redefinition of functions, including an ongoing program of technology development, development of repository, registry, and taxonomy services, an ongoing systematic program of technology research and development, and an ongoing, systematic program in education/training. At the end of each section of the paper, a "Summary Proposal for Investigation" is provided. (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Educational Resources Information Center (ED), Washington, DC.
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