[bksvol-discuss] Re: bottlenecks in submitting and validating

  • From: "Gary Petraccaro" <garyp130@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 01 Sep 2005 10:19:26 -0400

How strengthen the will to use those tools in the new software.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: E. 
  To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Thursday, September 01, 2005 9:38 AM
  Subject: [bksvol-discuss] bottlenecks in submitting and validating

  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 

  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" 

  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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