Collection definition in federated digital resource development

Carole L. Palmer, Ellen M. Knutson, Michael Bernard Twidale, Oksana Zavalina

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As part of a federation project providing integrated access to over 170 digital collections, we are studying how collections can best be represented to meet the needs of service providers and diverse user communities. This paper reports on recent results from that project on how digital resource developers conceive of and define their collections. Based on content analysis of collection registry records, survey and interview data, and focus groups, we identify collection definition trends including a broadening of target audiences, elaboration of subject representation, and a lack of clearly defined selection criteria. Our findings reveal high variability and ambiguity in the collection construct. We discuss how the concept of collection is being continuously defined through the processes of digital resource development and federation and how rapidly changing conceptualizations are likely to impact adoption, tailoring, and development of digital collections and their use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalProceedings of the ASIST Annual Meeting
Volume43
StatePublished - 2006

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