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A national post to improve co-ordination of work on collection description methods, schemas and tools.

Collection Description Focus

Collection Description Focus is a national post based at UKOLN, University of Bath. It is jointly funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), Resource and the British Library. 

The aim of the Focus is to improve co-ordination of work on collection description methods, schemas and tools, with the goal of ensuring consistency and compatibility of approaches across projects, disciplines, institutions, domains and sectors. The Focus provides support for projects actively involved in collection description work and for those investigating or planning such work. One of the major strands of this support work has been the development of the CLD (Collection-Level Description) Online Tutorial. This has been created both as an aid to Implementers and as a tool for training. 

The Focus will continue to promote and facilitate the use of the RSLP Collection Description Schema as the basis for collection description implementations. The Focus will also work with the Dublin Core Collection Description Working Group on the development of a DC-based schema for collection-level description, using the collection description attributes of the RSLP CD Schema as a starting point. Implementers are encouraged to join the DC-Collections list and contribute to the work. 

The Focus will be supporting a range of initiatives including the continuing NOF Digitisation of Learning Materials Programme, Peoples Network Programme, Resource Regional Cross-Domain research projects, British Library Co-operation and Partnership Programme and a range of JISC projects. The Focus will also be seeking to engage with the FE sector through contact with the Regional Support Centres. 

To obtain an overview of the many activities carried out by the Focus in the funding period June 2002 - July 2003, please refer to the summary of activities document below.  Detailed information, and the activities taken place in the previous funding period, can be found at

Start date
1 January 2002
End date
31 July 2004
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