Metadata Collections & QA

Rationale (resources and metadata)

DLESE's mission, as stated in the DLESE Strategic Plan, is:

To improve the quality, quantity, and efficiency of teaching and learning about the Earth system by developing, managing, and providing access to high quality educational resources and supporting services through a community-based, distributed digital library.

The plan articulates strategies to achieve this vision (e.g. S5T1), including the assurance of quality of the collection through multiple accession review processes and on-going evaluation. As such, collection policy and guidelines changes are being proposed to continue the work in achieving this vision.

Drafts of the updated collection policies and guidelines are available. Highlights (in red) show the changes. The points below summarize the proposed policy and guidelines changes more concretely:

Point 1: Add accessioning criteria to increase and assure consistent quality of resources

  • add the seven DLESE Reviewed Collection criteria (scientific accuracy, importance or significance, pedagogical effectiveness (as appropriate), completeness of documentation, ease of use for teachers and learners, inspirational/motivational for learners, robustness as a digital resource) as part of the basic resource requirements
  • articulate data, data-rich or data tool resource criteria
  • review all resources for scientific content, pedagogical effectiveness (if appropriate) and metadata quality
  • treat resources on a resource by resource basis, that is, each resource in each collection must meet accessioning criteria not just the collection overall

Point 2: Promote greater DLESE-community engagement and responsibility and support the DLESE Community Plan idea of peer-review

  • acknowledge resource creators (if different than resource provider) and invite resource creators to participate in accessioning and review processes
  • emphasize that resource creator information needs to be clearly sufficient in order to identify the origin of the materials

Point 3: Articulate who is responsible for carrying out policies and guidelines

  • each policy and guideline includes a sentence along the lines of this policy is carried out under the direction of a particular group (be general rather than very specific because groups and subgroups come and go)
  • describe who need to approve changes to the policy

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Last updated: 1-08-05