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Digital Repository: Hierarchy

Communities and collection in the Digital Repository (DR) have a hierarchical structure. This is due in part to the software upon which it is built. All AU Schools and Colleges have their own subsection of DR in which content can be placed. The structure of communities within the various schools and colleges will depend upon existing internal structures. Individual faculty commons will be at the school/college or departmental level as appropriate. Below is an example of existing DR hierarchy, with the community levels indicated in bold, and the collections indicated by italics:

Schools and Colleges
College of Arts and Sciences (AU-CAS)
      Dept. of Literature (AU-CAS-LIT)
            Individual Faculty Commons (AU-CAS-LIT)
                  Jane Doe (AU-CAS-LIT)
                        Jane Doe (AU-CAS-LIT): Course Material
                        Jane Doe (AU-CAS-LIT): Publications
                        Jane Doe (AU-CAS-LIT): Conference Proceedings

School of Communication (AU-SOC)
      Center for Environmental Filmmaking (AU-SOC)
            Classroom in the Wild (AU-SOC)
      Individual Faculty Commons (AU-SOC)
           Joe Smith (AU-SOC)
                  Joe Smith (AU-SOC): Articles
                  Joe Smith (AU-SOC): Short films
                 Joe Smith (AU-SOC): Student Productions
      Graduate Student Commons (AU-SOC)
           Jill Gray (AU-SOC):
            Tim Sand (AU-SOC):
            Ann Rye (AU-SOC):

School of International Service (AU-SIS)
     Individual Faculty Commons (AU-SIS)
           Meg Merry (AU-SIS)
                 Meg Merry (AU-SIS): Course Material
                 Meg Merry (AU-SIS): Articles
                 Meg Merry (AU-SIS): Conference Proceedings

Naming Conventions for DR:

Note the level of specificity in the collection names above. This is an established naming convention that must be adhered to. In the course of using various parts of the ALADIN Research Commons (of which DR is a community), particularly at the administrator level, one is presented with a drop-down box of all collections from all WRLC schools. Without the level of specificity developed as naming conventions, it is impossible to determine what community a given collection lives in from the drop-down display. For example, if the collections for faculty members Jane Doe, Meg Merry, and Joe Smith were named more simply, such as depicted below:

Jane Doe
    Course Material
    Publications
    Conference Proceedings

Meg Merry
    Course Material
    Articles
    Conference Proceedings

Joe Smith
    Articles
    Short Films
    Student Productions

The presentation of all collections in the system via drop-down boxes would appear as shown in Column 1. Note that without the level of specificity that our established naming convention dictates, it is impossible to determine who a particular "Articles" collection belongs too. The established naming convention is meant to resolve this problem in drop-down menus, as depicted in Column 2:

Column 1
Column 2
   
Articles Jane Doe (AU-CAS-LIT): Course Material
Articles Jane Doe (AU-CAS-LIT): Publications
Course Materials
Jane Doe (AU-CAS-LIT): Conference Proceedings
Course Materials
Meg Merry (AU-SIS): Course Material
Conference Proceedings
Meg Merry (AU-SIS): Articles
Conference Proceedings
Meg Merry (AU-SIS): Conference Proceedings
Publications Joe Smith (AU-SOC): Articles
Short Films
Joe Smith (AU-SOC): Short Films
Student Productions
Joe Smith (AU-SOC): Student Productions 

Finally, the abbreviation that identifies the location of a particular collection in the hierarchy is necessary because individuals may have collections in multiple places in the hierarchy.