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General Knowledge Exploration

Before embarking on such a large scale project, your group should gather as much information as possible to provide a solid foundation. The most basic step is a fundamental understanding of repositories, their purposes and common vocabularies, and the benefits a repository might bring your state. Learning about common feature sets for a repository and what each set of features allows you to do will be invaluable.

To facilitate your learning the vocabulary that will be useful throughout the research, development, and implementation of a repository project, we have included a glossary of terms and definitions. Also included are some suggested sources for preliminary background research from among the number of excellent resources available that discuss various aspects of online content repositories. We suggest reading as widely as possible in the area of digital content development standards, consortia, and tools to help scan for emerging opportunities as well as to keep abreast of the latest developments in the field. The provided list of resources is by no means exhaustive, but it is a good place to begin.

Results of this Step:

  • Familiarization with current repositories
  • Familiarization with repository types, features, and options
  • Background information to establish the need for a repository
  • Knowledge of repository vocabulary

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