I attended an information related meeting yesterday. This one lasted two hours and concerned some collaboration between JournalTOCs and EDINA. EDINA is a JISC National Data Centre based at the University of Edinburgh, and provides various resources for students and staff in higher and further education. JournalTOCs will be working to enhance SUNCAT, the Serials Union Catalogue for the UK research community which helps researchers and librarians locate serials held in the UK. EDINA has a lot of data about journals, and JournalTOCs has a lot of article level data about journals, so it makes great sense for the two to work together.
I think that my main purpose in attending was to supply moral support to Santy, the JournalTOCS Manager. Santy has done some excellent work on JournalTOCs, and next week we hope to announce a major initiative which will help libraries.
I used to spend much of my time at meetings in Edinburgh, and sometimes in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Hull, Manchester, Nottingham and Leeds. It was nice seeing some familiar faces, and seeing progress being made towards further JournalTOCs development. In fact, what we were discussing was originally part of the ticTOCs plan, and if that project had not became embroiled in disagreements it should have achieved what we were talking about yesterday in 2007. We’re therefore still clearing up after ticTOCs. One of the frustrations of working on projects was that things often took longer to achieve than they should have. Another frustration was that those involved often did not share the same goals. Santy and I have various ideas for developing JournalTOCs, but it appears to be difficult to get funding for some of them.
After the meeting I had a nice lunch with Santy in the Inca restaurant in Bruntsfield, which was appropriate as he was born in Peru, and then I watched the T20 cricket match which, for once, England did not win.