The Homeland Security Digital Library (www.hsdl.org) is engaged in a
Best Practices study for Digital Libraries. Our goal is to get a picture
of the types of IT systems and workflows used to support the collection
development processes for various file formats.
We would appreciate your participation in this study. In exchange for
your response to this brief, questionnaire; we will share the results we
receive back for questions 1- 6. If you would not like us to mention
your name or the name of your organization in the results of our study,
please let us know and we will exclude that information.
1. How do you describe your digital collection? A digital library,
database, portal, other?
2. Who or what is your target user population?
3. What types of file formats comprise your collection? What is the
percentage of PDF documents in your collection?
4. How do you find and collect your content? Is your collection
comprised mostly of internally created documents or objects, found via
web searches, contributed by other organizations, acquired from
commercial or proprietary sources or harvested using another mechanism?
5. What metadata schema do you use to describe digital objects in your
collection? Do you use Dublin Core (DC), Metadata Encoding and
Transmission Schema (METS), Metadata Objects Description Schema (MODS),
or another format or schema?
6. Is your collection open for public access or is full or partial
access restricted to certain users or user groups?
7. Would you be willing to be called for an interview?
Please send all replies to momcneal@...
Sincerely, Marion McNealy
HSDL Product Development Associate
"Securing the Homeland through the Power of Information"
Homeland Security Digital Library
Dudley Knox Library
Naval Postgraduate School