Phase 2 Discovery Projects

This second phase of Discovery projects is made up of two strands, Open Metadata and Developing Services. The projects within both strands are building on the work accomplished by projects in the previous strand (such as Step Change which draws on the lessons of the Open Metadata Pathway project).

Open metadata

These projects focus on making open metadata from libraries, museums and archives available in line with the Discovery open metadata principles:

  • Bricolage - will publish catalogue metadata as Linked Open Data for two of its most significant collections: the Penguin Archive, a comprehensive collection of the publisher’s papers and books; and the Geology Museum, a 100,000 specimen collection housing many unique and irreplaceable resources. They are developing demonstrator data visualisations for both of these collections which will be publically viewable in September. Lead Institution(s): University of Bristol
  • Open Education Metadata UK - will publish metadata sourced from four significant UK education collections as Open Data in a variety of formats, for anyone to reuse as linked data in their own applications. In addition, subsets of two collections which have high latent potential for linked data will be catalogued. Lead Institution(s): Institute of Education
  • Open Book - will release open metadata for the Fitzwilliam's Designated Collection (over 150,000 records) and linked open data for the internationally important collection of illuminated manuscripts in the Fitzwilliam Museum (approximately 500 manuscripts records). Lead Institution(s): The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge
  • Music Collections at Cardiff University: Advancing the Resource - focuses on a collection of manuscript and printed music from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, a resource of nearly 3000 items largely unknown to the wider scholarly community. This project will catalogue the material online, and make the data available through the Archives Hub and COPAC, as well as RISM (UK) (Répertoire International des Sources Musicales). Lead Institution(s): Cardiff University
  • Trenches to Triples - will provide Linked Data markup to 200 collection level descriptions and 6,000 item level catalogue entries relating to the First World War from the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives and will also provide a demonstrator for using Linked Data to make appropriate connections between image databases, Serving Soldier, and detailed catalogues. Lead Institution(s): King's College London

Developing Services Projects:

The following projects address researcher and learner needs by building services on top of open metadata:

  • Contextual wrappers 2 - will develop resource discovery services for people interested in museum resources by using open, integrated and contextualised collections information from across University Museums. Lead Institution(s): Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge.
  • Copac collection management - developing a tool that libraries can use to analyse their collections in comparison to other university libraries by using the data stored in Copac. Lead Institution(s): Mimas
  • Digital Bodleianwill provide linked data, APIs and a new user interface for the Bodleian's substantial collection of digital assets. Lead Institution(s): University of Oxford
  • DiscoverEDINA - a three pronged project that is developing software to extract metadata from and embed new metadata in multimedia content; developing a crowd sourcing tool for the enriching the metadata about the content in JISC MediaHub; enhance the open linked data available from SUNCAT. Lead Institution(s): EDINA.
  • Pelagios 2 - developing a toolkit for Ancient World resources so that collection providers can expose their metadata and find and visualise geospatial connections between open collections of Ancient World resources. Lead Institution(s): The Open University.
  • Search25 - will provide a new open resource discovery experience at the M25 consortium regional level, offering researchers the advantages of both local/regional and national resource discovery. Lead Institution(s): Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Servicecore - will develop the core repository tool to enable users to find papers that are on similar topics in the UK's repositories. Lead Institution(s): The Open University
  • Step Change - will embed functionality to create linked data into the cataloguing interface of the CALM archive software, will enhance the UK archival thesaurus so it can be used as a semantic tagging tool and will work with Historypin to enable the geographical exploration of archive content. Lead Institution(s): Kings College London
  • The Cutting Edge - will create a new online resource to support teaching and research into tools with sharp edges, it will do this by bringing together metadata from several important collections housed within the Great North Museum. Lead Institution(s): Newcastle University