My Two Cents: CoRIS Engine

Mark Mc Caffrey Mark.McCaffrey at
Wed Oct 3 13:12:52 EDT 2001


Agreed.  Why develop metadata in the first place if it doesn't point
directly to the data?

Mark McCaffrey

Lapointe_Tom wrote:

> To CoRIS Working Group members:
> Yesterday, I spent a good deal of time with the CoRIS search engine.
> Considerable progress has been made.  Everyone involved should pleased
> that we have an engine in place that the group can comment on.
> I have one major comment at this stage.  When I searched for CoRIS data
> in southern Florida, I found nine items ranging from bleaching reports
> to anomaly charts.  Clicking on the "Retrieve Full Record" link,
> provided me with the metadata record and a URL.  The URLs were
> inconsistent, some going directly to products, some going to general
> home pages, and others going to section pages.
> I think that focusing on the metadata record as the primary output might
> be putting the cart before the horse.  Just because the metadata drive
> the search engine does not mean that the metadata record should be the
> primary viewer to the product.  Our experience in NOS is that users are
> primarily interested in the product, not the metadata.  The metadata
> must be available as supportive information, but the product is first.
> I also think that focusing on the actual product will force us to "drill
> down to real products" rather than list generic home pages, or general
> sections of Web sites.  It will also identify shortcomings in the
> metadata records themselves.
> The same was true in the library photo gallery.  What does the user
> really want to see: a photograph with a caption, or the metadata
> record?  We all know the answer to that one.
> Now that we have a working search engine, I believe that we need the
> discipline of looking at things through a product perspective.   This is
> not a issue for the technical team; it is an issue for the entire
> working group.
> My two cents, probably worth less
> -Tom
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