Testing KB+

Today is an important day in phase 1 as we start the process of testing KB+ with institutions.

We’ll be holding a workshop in London to:

To brief the 10 supporting institutions on development scope and progress

  • To show the results of the work so far
  • To kick start the reports definition work
  • To highlight the work to be undertaken by libraries in the period to mid-July
  • To introduce the means of communication and sharing files

As you can see below It will be a fairly intense day of activity covering the entirety of the data collection and development process to date and what we’ll be looking for the testing institutions to do over the next 6 weeks:

The Data –

  • The model
  • The collection and ingest process
  • What has been entered
  • The review application
  • How libraries can help – checking data (Testers, perhaps everyone), checking the model (SMEs)

Authentication, Authorisation & Access to KB+ –

  • The approach adopted
  • What libraries need to do to get log ins

Introduction to the User Interface development –

  • What have we prioritised and why
  • The things JISC Collections will maintain
  • Repeated concepts – Type, Status, Organisations,
  • Generic operations – Documents & Alerts, Combinations
  • Achieving the right look and feel – Mickey & Mallory

User Interface demo –

  • The Review Application
  • Licenses
  • Subscriptions
  • Entitlements
  • Adding documents
  • Making combinations

Working Groups –

  • Reports
  • User Interface
  • Workflow

Review & Testing Process –

  • Accessing supporting documents
  • Reporting problems
  • Documenting feedback

Reports Design –

  • Fixed development budget
  • Discussion of reports we have in mind
  • Design and testing process

Next Steps –

  • Reviewing the data
  • Accessing the UI
  • Checkpoint conference calls
  • Next Meeting – 9 July

I don’t know about the rest of the team, but I am both very excited that we have managed to get to this point in such a short period of time, but also nervous about what ‘real’ users will say when they see the data that has been collected and how it has been structured.

The project team has always looked at how to improve the data it has available and constantly improving it in response to our own discussions and critiques, putting it in front of the people who we hope will make use of KB+ in the long term is an essential part of the process, but also a moment of truth.

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