D5.4: Analysis and Recommendations
LoCloud, funded under the European Commission’s CIP ICT PSP programme, has the overall goal of supporting small and medium-‐sized institutions in making their content and metadata available to Europeana by exploring the potential of cloud computing technologies. The project has provided a series of services including both stand-‐alone services for end-‐users and micro-‐services designed as plug-‐ins for end-‐user services. The overall aim has been to help reduce the technical, semantic and skills barriers faced by smaller institutions, which typically have limited access to either IT infrastructure or staff with the requisite skills in digital libraries.
In order to understand the needs and expectations of the target group better, eight use cases are described based on aggregators’ experience with similar collection holders. For each type of collection, a scenario describes the typical features, a SWOT analysis, expectations and requirements.
This analysis of typical users further yields a number of common issues for which the services and applications developed in the LoCloud project are expected to provide solutions. Seven issues are described more in detail:
• Multi-‐purpose collection inventory
• Technical expertise, data models
• Data quality, standards and thesauri
• Local reference
• Money and continuity
• Work rhythm