The MetaScholar Initiative

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The Initiative was comprised of four projects: MetaArchive, AmericanSouth, MetaCombine, and Music for Social Change.

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    Findings from the Mellon Metadata Harvesting Initiative
    (LYRASIS, 2003) Hagedorn, Kat ; Halbert, Martin ; Kaczmarek, Joanne
    Findings are reported from four projects initiated through funding by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in 2001 to explore applications of metadata harvesting using the OAI-PMH. Metadata inconsistencies among providers have been encountered and strategies for normalization have been studied. Additional findings concerning harvesting are format conflicts, harvesting problems, provider system development, and questions regarding the entire cycle of metadata production, dissemination, and use (termed metadata gardening, rather than harvesting).
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    A summary and analysis of the cognitive walkthrough, usability study, and user survey performed on americansouth.org
    (LYRASIS, 2004)
    In accordance with the grant proposal submitted to and approved by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the project staff at AmericanSouth.org is to “coordinate specific evaluations of AmericanSouth.org from the perspectives of … scholars and other users.” The types of testing to be conducted were specified as including “evaluation and usability studies.”