Discovery Boys engaged in a drawing class at an English school during the First World War. Their subject is a potted plant.

Published on July 10th, 2012 | by Adrian Stevenson


Project team and end user engagement

All of the team are based at Mimas at the University of Manchester – here’s more about the people involved:

Adrian Stevenson – Project Manager and Technical Coordinator.
Adrian is a Senior Technical Innovations Coordinator for Mimas Library and Archival Services.  Adrian was a project manager and researcher at UKOLN, where he managed the LOCAH Linked Data project ( LOCAH was a JISC funded project to make the Archives Hub and Copac national data services available as structured Linked Data, for the benefit of education and research. He is heavily involved in the follow-up Mimas Linking Lives project.  Adrian also managed the highly successful SWORD project and managed the JISC Information Environment Technical Review project. He has extensive experience of the implementation of interoperability standards, and has a long-standing interest in Linked Data. Twitter: @adrianstevenson

Lee Baylis  – API development and Technical Documentation
Lee is one of Mimas’s new Web Applications Developers who focuses on dynamic data-driven content. He has experience of Agile development in Ruby-on-Rails, Web 2.0 Javascript, Flex / AIR and Perl. His most recent project involved working on the Greenhouse-gas Regional Inventory Protocol (GRIP) scenario tool for Carbon Captured Ltd at the University of Manchester, which is an emissions data visualisation and equation calculation utility written in Flex for the AIR deployment runtime. Twitter: @drleebaylis

Joy Palmer, PhD – Project director, with special attention to managing communications and risks.
Joy is Senior Manager for Library and Archival Services at Mimas and is responsible for working with JISC and other stakeholders to establish the strategic development of services such as Copac and the Archives Hub.  She is also the project manager for the JISC Resource Discovery Taskforce Vision Management Framework (Discovery).  Joy has a nuanced understanding of the challenges and opportunities for resource discovery across libraries, museums and archives at the national level, and speaks and publishes regularly on issues such as understanding impact, market research, and the role of social media in research and teaching. Twitter: @joypalmer

Our overarching driver for this project is to strengthen the case for open metadata, and we are working with Sero Consulting to align our external communications within the overarching communications plan for the Discovery initiative.  We’ll use this blog and twitter as our main dissemination channels, and we’ll also work with the JISC content and marketing teams, and the Mimas Marketing Team to ensure that messages and communications tactics are joined up.

We want to involve developers and drive reuse of the API, and we’ll do this by contributing and supporting the aggregation API at a suitable DevCSI hack day.  We will work with DevCSI and other groups such as Collections Trust and the Open Knowledge Foundation to generate interest.

Image: © Imperial War Museum (Q 34150)

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