JorumOPEN is based on a set of minimal metadata. On the whole this is a good thing….or at least we can see that this idea started with good intentions!
But with so few fields to fill out, we really need to take great care on how we fill them. It would be just too easy to end up with a lot of data squashed into just a few fields and a lack of standards making the data almost unusable.
The best example of this is most probably the ‘author’ field:
For a start, this field is taking three types of possible ‘author’. First the name of the people who created it, but then also the name of the ‘owner’ , which is likely to be different and then finally the name of the insititute or univeristy who employed the author, who may or may not be the ‘owner’ of it.
Then there is the question of how to enter the ‘name’ into one field which has to include both ‘surname’ and ‘first name’. Remembering that it needs to be in such a way that when the data is sorted, it uses the surname rather than the first name.
This all asks for a high level of standardisation and we have started down that route by starting a set of draft guidelines, which can be downloaded from the Documents page at:
http://c-changeproject.org.uk/?page_id=3 and is called: Depositing into JorumOPEN eib 4
As ever, we would appreciate any thoughts or feedback you had into this document