Would anyone care to respond to this student? Please let me know if you do.
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Date: Sat, 9 Mar 1996 16:44:48 -0500 (EST)
From: Steve Toub <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: User Needs Assessment for Implementing EAD
I am a Master's student at the University of Michigan's School of
Information and Library Studies. This term I'm taking Margaret Hedstrom's
Digital Preservation seminar and our term project is to write a
research/grant proposal (not to actually carry out the research) for a
relevant topic. I've chosen to do a user needs assessment for implementing
the Encoded Archival Description DTD. I'm proposing to do a series of
surveys and focus groups for both the archivists and users of archives
(including potential users: high school students). I'd also like to have
users sit down with some demos of electronic finding aids to get feed back
and brainstorm about what other features they'd like to see. The
specifics of my proposal are still being worked out and could change. The
due date for my first draft is March 22.
My questions are:
1). Do you or the EAD Working Group have plans to do such a user needs
assessment? (The EAD Progress Reports posted at
http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/FindingAids/EAD/history.html suggest this:
"Much still needs to be discussed. The tension remains, for example,
between moving quickly to automate a traditional tool for some immediate
retrieval gains and waiting until user surveys indicate what finding aid
information is most needed in an online setting.").
2). Can we compare notes? I am particularly interested ideas that have
discussed such as the following (also lifted from the EAD Progress Report
page): "The team speculated about future possibilities, involving
attachment of online "help" scripts to explain descriptive practice as
reflected in finding aids, links to central glossaries and shared
administrative histories, and presentation of new views that might
transform hierarchical data into archival family trees."
I am more than willing to share my completed "proposal" with you and the EAD
Working Group. Perhaps the research I propose can actually be carried out...
Steve Toub | "Forsake anger, give up pride. Sorrow cannot touch the man
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