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Facilitate Discovery of Objects by the General Public

Keywords: Engage, Share and Publish

Activity Definition(s)

Facilitating the discovery of scholarly and cultural objects by the general public can happen either by (a) attracting them to sites that host these collections or (b) by exposing scholarly and cultural artifacts to the general discovery tools that they commonly use, e.g.: Google. 

The first approach relies on publishing techniques that describe the scholarly and cultural object in terms relevant to a general audience. This might be accomplished by mounting an exhibition, maintaining a blog or web site, or using other techniques that allow members of the public to understand relevance, browse collections, and search within a locally hosted archive. It might include providing mechanisms to apply, expose, and discover through folksonomies, i.e., through relevance indicators indicated by the general audience to which objects are being exposed.

The second approach relies more on serendipity.  It may involve aggregating content within more generally used discovery sites via mashups, federated search across collections, metadata harvesting (OAI-PMH), or indexing by general web search engines or targeted products like Google site search.

  • Scholars' Stories (scenarios)

----Optional: examples of tools that perform some part or all of the defined activity, ideally with links to relevant project or vendor web sites

Tool name

What it does

Relevant links


Provides brief descriptions of objects in a variety of formatshttp://www.worldcat.org


Online Archive of California / Calisphere-California Cultures

An example of a statewide or regional site that aggregates information about archival and manuscript materials in a variety of formats on one site.  Interestingly the same underlying data has been repurposed for the k-16 grade levels as Calisphere-California Cultures

http://www.oac.cdlib.org/; http://www.calisphere.universityofcalifornia.edu/calcultures/







Related Collections/Content (examples)

----Optional: examples of collections / digital content / digital resources that could be involved in part or all of the defined activity, with links to relevant repository or site where available

Collection/content name

Collection/content description

Relevant links













Applicable Standards or Standards Bodies

----Optional: examples of standards or standards-bodies applicable to the defined activity

Standard name / body

What it governs/regulates/standardizes - What it's for

Relevant links













Notes, comments, related activities, concerns