The intention that the FDL be oriented towards the maintenance of
A library of
Workspace is a different matter, though. Functions supporting the development of material for eventual submission to an FDL are not essential for the use of the FDL as a repository of information and knowledge. Indeed, the needs of a person or organization or community trying to develop material may be significantly greater than those who simply need to access it, and implementation of a workspace facilitating experimental development and collaboration may go significantly beyond effective implementation of a digital repository. Thus, we would not expect every FDL to effectively support development.
However, because of the record-keeping functions of the FDL, effective development of material that will meet the certification requirements implicit in the useful submission to an FDL, effective development of formal material to be submitted requires that the material be developed incorporating the same record-keeping devices as are needed in the target repository. Archival scientists have articulated essentially the same principle by holding that the original record creating institution needs to adopt record creation methods that anticipate archiving.
This suggests that although not every FDL needs to efficiently implement workspace functions, it is important that appropriate workspace processes be implemented. Our FDL design includes workspace functionality, since the same basic accounting devices should be used for the repository and development. Different FDLs may be maintained and differently implemented with varying emphases on facilitating workspace functions.
One institution might implement an FDL principally for "publication" of formal material with little support for development. Perhaps this FDL provides utilities to expedite search and establishes policies for long retention, but does not allow modification of submitted material, or provide development oriented facilities such as multiplexing
Finally, it should be noted that the design of "finding aids" is not an explicit part of the FDL design, and yet without such facilities for finding content in a repository one can hardly consider the collection to be a library or an archives. Finding aids are essential, but we consider them to be content themselves; methods of organizing and finding content are themselves contributions that can be accessed, innovated and improved upon.
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