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Implementation and Innovation in the NSDL by William Arms

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Alternative views of the NSDL

This essay is a personal reflection on how early decisions shaped the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) and how the program has evolved over the past decade. It draws heavily on observations from the planning studies in 1997 and 1998, and my experience as principal investigator of the Cornell University’s part of the Core Integration team until 2005. The thoughts expressed here are purely my own.

The underlying theme of this essay is that the NSDL program has two missions: implementation and innovation. Confusion between these two missions goes back to the beginning of the program. The original concept was to implement a digital library for science education. But the NSF’s principal goal is to support research and the NSDL program also gives grants for innovation in digital libraries and science education.

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September 18, 2008 at 2:07 pm 2 comments

Welcome to NSDL Reflections!

The collaborative process of building the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) has provided many experiences for members of the NSDL community. The goal of this project (see About) is to capture “reflections” on these experiences by encouraging authors to “tell the story” of how they think NSDL was formed, grew and is continuing to grow.

Please read the essays by NSDL participants, comment on them and participate!

— Susan, Dave, Flora and Brandon

September 10, 2008 at 9:50 am Leave a comment

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Welcome to NSDL Reflections!

We are collecting the "reflections" on the collaborative development of the National Science Digital Library (NSDL). This site is a place for NSDL participants to “tell the story” of how they think NSDL was formed, grew and is continuing to grow. And for the community to discuss and learn from these reflections.

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