The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) hosts the Minnesota Water Research Digital Library website. MDA also coordinates with partner organizations to continue populating the Library with articles, to curate collections within the Library, and to conduct ongoing outreach and promotion activities.
In 2014, MDA will establish a diverse Steering Team to guide the Library’s long-term maintenance and growth, as well as a Stakeholder Feedback Group to provide feedback on the Library website as needed. We will also begin developing agreements with agencies and organizations interested in serving as curators, data entry partners, or affiliate websites.
Learn more below and Contact Us if your organization is interested in partnering with the Library in any of these ways.
Data Entry Partners
User Feedback Group
The Steering Team will consist of representatives from 10 to 16 agencies and organizations with a mix of expertise and perspectives suitable to oversee and set policies for the long-term management and growth of the Digital Library. The Steering Team’s primary mission is to help ensure that the Library meets users’ needs. Toward that end, in addition to setting Library policies, the team may also assist with outreach, prioritize potential enhancements, and identify Library funding needs and opportunities.
Organizations partnering with the Library as curators act as caretakers for one or more collections of articles in the Library in their areas of expertise. They help identify articles to be added and serve as gatekeepers to keep the Library focused on relevant research. They may also improve existing entries – for example, by providing additional tags, supplying links to datasets, or drafting citations and abstracts for works that lack them.
For purposes of the Library, a collection is any subset of articles that share a meaningful attribute. For example, each of the Library’s 16 main topics comprises a collection. Other collections may include articles on a given subtopic, articles published in a given journal, or articles affiliated with a given organization.
Data entry partner organizations work independently to enter their own and others’ publications into the Library, with training and ongoing support from MDA. The Library develops formal agreements with data entry partners to clarify roles and responsibilities. Data entry partners may also be curators and have affiliate website agreements with the Library.
Affiliate websites partner with the Library by agreeing to host certain articles or publication series on their websites. Rather than storing duplicates, the Library provides users with links to these websites where they can access full-text publications at no charge. (This can be especially useful if an organization plans to regularly revise a publication and does not want older versions available online.) Conversely, the Library may agree to host certain full-text articles or publication series on behalf of another organization that provides a link on its website to the article in the Library. Whatever the specific arrangements, the Library develops agreements with affiliate website organizations to clarify both parties’ roles and responsibilities.
The User Feedback Group consists of Library users representative of water research stakeholders in Minnesota who are interested in improving the Library website. Members will be invited to participate in occasional surveys, focus groups and similar opportunities to provide input or feedback to Library staff and the Steering Team.
MDA thanks the Minnesota Water Research Digital Library Advisory Committee for their important contributions to the Library’s development. The diverse members included representatives of local, state and federal government, higher education, business and professional associations. The Committee met nine times over two years, providing valuable input, feedback and assistance during and between meetings as the Library was being developed, populated and tested. The affiliations listed below are the agency/organization the individual was affiliated with while serving on the committee.
In addition to the Committee members listed below, many other individuals affiliated with these organizations contributed to the Library's development by providing feedback on proposed website features and assisting with performance testing.