VALA2012 Session 5 Szunejko

VALA2012 Session 5 Szunejko

If SLURP is the answer what’s the question?

Tuesday 7 February 2012, 14:05 – 14:35
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Monika Szunejko, Barbara Patison and Sarah McQuade

State Library of Western Australia

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SLURP is a homegrown digital ingest system and by its very nature a disintermediation tool. The State Library of Western Australia sought to develop a way to manage and provide access to digital content. From labour intensive, hidden, and uncontrolled sets of discontiguous processes, we are now `SLURPing’, using the State Library’s Limber and Useful Reformatting Application. This paper reflects on the multiple needs the State Library had in order to manage digital content and processes. It explores the development of SLURP and showcases the SLURP solution. It also identifies possibilities for the future and outlines opportunities through a `warts and all’ approach to application development. In sum, this paper demonstrates how starting with a solution helped to frame the questions we should have asked at the start.

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