It is imperative for CRRA member institutions to make their metadata available for harvesting via a Web server.
A couple of years ago, when the “Portal” was just beginning, the modus operandi for ingesting MARC and EAD metadata was to send it to Notre Dame, save it on local hard disk, and index it. That process worked then, but as we grow it becomes less and less scalable.
This page has become the home page for the usability efforts of the “Catholic Portal”.
The Digital Access Committee had a conference call on Thursday, May 12. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss usability studies. The resources (time and money) required to do the studies was emphasized. Similarly, the need to have the studies done with the intended audience of the Portal — upper-class man, graduate students, faculty, and scholars — was also stressed.
Ideally each institutional member of the Committee will facilitate and complete a set of usability studies by Christmas. In that vein, the following tentative list of who will do studies by has been drafted:
Seton Hall during June/July
University of Toronto during July/August
Marquette University during August/September
Georgetown University during late August/early September
Catholic Theological Union during September
Villanova University during September/October
Individual committee members are expected to communicate with the committee as a whole by May 27 with more definite commitments.
This is the home page for a mailing list called CRRA-Tech.
If supporting research and scholarship through the use of computer technology is a part of your daily work and if your employer is as member of the CRRA, then consider subscribing to CRRA-Tech. To subscribe:
address a message to firstname.lastname@example.org
in the body of the message put “subscribe crra-tech”
send it away
You ought to get back a couple of confirmations, and you will be done.