Australasian Virtual Engineering Library: Collaborative Development of a Global Resource
Conference Proceeding Article
The Australasian Virtual Engineering Library (AVEL) is a gateway to quality WWW resources in the fields of engineering and information technology from sources from the Australasian region. AVEL complements similar gateways in engineering around the world, in particular EEVL in the UK and EELS in Sweden. It is a unique partnership between the library community and the engineering academic and professional communities scattered across Australia. The main lesson learnt in this virtual collaboration was the value of open and transparent communication and sharing of information. We established and articulated a clear set of policies on such things as a metadata schema and resource selection criteria. We maintained dynamic communication network to resolve issues as they arose. Some face-to-face meetings were essential. Equally important was the need to keep the library-based developers of the gateway in touch with the real information gathering needs and expectation of the engineering user community. AVEL is at http://avel.library.uq.edu.au.
Engineering resources; Global sources; Metadata schema; Professional communities
Engineering | Library and Information Science
2000 ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings: Engineering Education beyond the Millenium: June 18-21, 2000, St Louis, MO
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Radcliffe, David F.; Cribb, Gulcin; and Hill, Claire.
Australasian Virtual Engineering Library: Collaborative Development of a Global Resource. (2000). 2000 ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings: Engineering Education beyond the Millenium: June 18-21, 2000, St Louis, MO. 1041-1051. Research Collection Library.
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