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September 29, 2017

Digital Collections in Primo: What's Next?

With 37,831 digital objects remediated, in the Alliance harvester, and destined for Primo, Alliance members may be wondering about the next steps for digital objects in Primo may be. 

We agreed at the beginning of our digital collections activities that we would develop shared objectives for digital objects in Primo, test against those objectives in the Premium Sandbox, and make a decision on whether to move to production based on how well we could meet those objectives through metadata uniformity, system settings, and work with Ex Libris. This is an essential step; without a shared definition of success, there are few options for making a rational decision. 

Last spring, the Digital Collections Working Group conducted user testing with priority end users to determine likely directions on key issues: access to objects in their source system, faceting on original object format, and institutional identity. Their user testing report is available here

Also last spring, Curtis Wyant set up the pipe from the Alliance harvester to the Premium Sandbox, and Lesley Lowery of the Normalization Rules Working Group began work on key issues that can be solved through normalization rules. We also submitted NERS requests on issues that will have to be resolved by Ex Libris.

Now we turn our attention to those shared objectives! Next week, the  Unique and Local Content Team will begin recruiting for the Digital Collections in Primo Project Group. This group will do some further user testing work, develop and thoroughly discuss objectives with Alliance membership, and test the digital objects from the harvester that are in the Premium Sandbox. They will recommend to the ULC Team whether to move digital objects to production mid-winter. A group composed of the program managers and team chairs will make the decision whether to move the digital objects to production. 

What can your institution do to contribute productively to the work ahead? 
  • When the Project Group sets opportunities to participate in the conversation about shared objectives this fall, participate! 
  • Continue to remediate and contribute collections to the harvester that you would like to see in Primo. A variety of systems and formats will enable valid tests.
  • When you do so, follow the best practices! Normalization rules can be fragile, and only standards-compliant records will give a good result.
  • If you've got expertise and intest in user testing, Primo, and digital collections, volunteer for the Digital Collections in Primo Project Group.
This is by necessity a long process. We are looking forward to everyone's participation in the work that is ahead of us!
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