ERIC Number: ED472887
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
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PictureAustralia--Participating in a Collaborative Digital Project.
The PictureAustralia service is a collaboration between cultural agencies to bring their digital pictorial collections together at the one web site, hosted by the National Library of Australia. It was developed through the identification of a need for a national image discovery service. The key to the service is its cross-sectoral nature, including the collections of libraries, museums, archives, galleries, universities, historical societies and other cultural agencies. The service operates through the use of a central metadata repository to support national discovery and to ensure consistency in searching and locating images. The participating agencies place descriptive metadata for their digital images, in the simple unqualified Dublin Core format, in a directory that can be accessed by the National Library of Australia's gathering software. This descriptive information includes the URLs for location of the associated digital images. Every two months this data is gathered into a central Oracle database and is indexed for searching. Thumbnail images are hosted on the participant sites and are pulled into the results sets in real time. Users click on a thumbnail image and are directed to the relevant member web site to view the original. From here they may remain on the member web site to search just that collection or to order a high quality copy of that image, or they may return to the PictureAustralia site to continue with their broader searching. This paper discusses the development of a prototype; the original participants; demonstration at the"Information Online and On Disc 99"; the launch of PictureAustralia; collaborative developments; the State Library of New South Wales as a participant in PictureAustralia; and evaluation and success of PictureAustralia. (AEF)
Descriptors: Cooperative Programs, Directories, Foreign Countries, Information Services, Library Collections, Metadata, Online Systems
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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