[bksvol-discuss] bottlenecks in submitting and validating

  • From: "E." <thoth93@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 01 Sep 2005 09:38:07 -0400

we need smoother communication between submitters, validators and paid staff.
We have several bottlenecks in this process.

It is possible that these might be remedied by changes to either the bookshare site or
the site which includes "no book left behind".

Bottleneck 1. the endless renewal of a book for validating by the same individual. I do not know what is going on here exactly. Either you are working on a book or you are not. I can understand some books taking a very long time, sometimes a month or two. I have had this example. Shurely a 90 day limit on a renewal by the same individual would work. It could be waived by administrative approval.

I realize that I am actually making for for an administrator here but the point is these are rare situations. You would release the book after your 90 days no matter what. You would have to apply to get it back. This is deliberately harsh to stop abuse of th renewal process. Whatever is going on, I doubt it is contributing to ultimately getting the book into the main collection.

bottleneck 2. loss of knowledge of a book and its needs during the validation process. I take a copy of a book to validate. I learn its quirks. For one reason or another I release it. My knowledge is lost to the next validator. There could be a comments field which I could fill out (optionally) when I release a book. The knowledge would possibly be useful to future validators. If bookshare itself is not interested in doing this (or cannot do so financially), perhaps it could be part of the "no book left behind" program. I am going for increased efficiency of the validation process here not who puts it on whose site. The point is to have a running commentary about a specific book available for a validator.
Perhaps bookshare could put a link to the alternate web site on the release page where you could check and be sent to that site after releasing the book. They the releaser could make a comment on the "no book left behind" site.

bottleneck 3. quality of input. The better the original scan the faster the validation work.

If you have an older version of k1000, the upgrade to version 10 will cost you around a hundred dollars. The tools you will get increase your power as a submitter or validator by creating a better product.

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