Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative, University of California, Berkeley.

ECAI Support for the Learner: What, Where, When, and Who

    When setting out to learn about a new topic, a well-tested practice is to follow the traditional “5Ws and the H”: Who?, What?, When?, Where?, Why?, and How? – and to use the corresponding specialized library resources: biographical dictionaries, subject catalogs, chronologies, and gazetteers. The digital environment is still weak in providing an effective counterpart of the traditional reference library. The purpose of this project is to show how existing and emerging standards and protocols can be used or adapted to support learners with respect to What? Where? When? and Who? A client interface with links to existing specialized resources will be created for teachers seeking additional resources to supplement textbooks; and for contextualizing objects in library and museum collections by identifying the objects in other collections that are most closely related. This project should increase the ability of libraries and museums to support a nation of learners and pave the way for a greater return on the large investment made in library and museum collections. Funded in part by an Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grant for Libraries, award number LG-02-04-0041-04, Oct 2004 - Sept 2006.

    Interface: Support for the Learner: What, Where, When, and Who
    Time Periods
    Related Publications
    Proposal Summary (PDF) | Proposal Narrative (PDF) | Project Diagram (PDF) | Final Report (PDF)
    Principal Investigators: Michael Buckland; Fredric Gey, and Ray R. Larson.
    Others: Linda Cathryn Muehlinghaus.
    This project builds on Going Places in the Catalog: Improved Geographic Access
    and is extended in Bringing Lives to Light: Biography in Context and Context and Relationships: Ireland and Irish Studies


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