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Technical Issues on Korean Online Database Group Purchases. Mikyung Kang (UCLA) Jaeyong Chang (UCB) Korean Studies Librarian. Experiences on Korean CD-ROM group purchase in 1998 …. What I dreamed was…. Sharing costs Getting more bargaining power

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technical issues on korean online database group purchases

Technical Issues on Korean Online Database Group Purchases

Mikyung Kang (UCLA)

Jaeyong Chang (UCB)

Korean Studies Librarian

what i dreamed was
What I dreamed was…
  • Sharing costs
  • Getting more bargaining power
  • Collaborating among EAALC (East Asian Academic Librarians of California)
technical problems
Technical problems
  • Required Korean Windows to install
  • All file names were Korean
  • UnionWay was not stable enough,

but the only available way to input for

Korean characters to

search in English

Windows

communication problems
Communication problems
  • Ignorant of technical language (Computer technicians are using different languages!!)
  • Hard to understand technical terms for hardware/software
  • Not able to translate of course
commitment problems
Commitment problems

Started with 5 libraries which promised to participate

Only 2 libraries left in the end

lessons from the past experiences
Lessons from the past experiences …
  • Wait for the right timing:
    • Technically ready
    • Financially ready
    • Psychologically ready
  • Let Korean DB vendors know of potential oversea customers
in the meantime
In the meantime …
  • Online Services for all CD-ROM titles and more DB titles available
  • Global IME works fine with Korean online databases
  • PDF format full-text files available
  • Free trial online service offers
free trial services
Free Trial Services

Offered from three Korean DB vendors for initial 6 mo.

  • Nuri Media: KRpia & DBpia
  • Dongbang Media:

EncyKorea & Korea AtoZ

  • KSI: KISS
when you have online dbs
When you have online DBs..
  • No installation needed
  • No Korean Windows required
  • No special software needed, except Global IME
  • Global IME is good enough for searching
  • Easy access
  • Convenience
in 2003
In 2003 …
  • Expanded free trial services until June 30, 2003
  • Web-based Survey on usage of Korean Studies online databases during Jan.-Mar. 2003
after the survey and the trial services
After the survey and the trial services …
  • Not much technical problems reported
  • Usage statistics available from the vendors
  • Many recommendations from users
  • Consensus among UC Korean Studies Librarians for consortial purchases of Korean online databases
again what i dreamed was
Again, what I dreamed was…
  • Sharing costs
  • Getting more bargaining power
  • Collaborating among Korean Studies Librarians, UC-wide as well as Nation-wide
  • Easy access
  • Time and energy savings
technical problems1
Technical Problems
  • Proxy server connection
  • Computer configuration at home
  • Not easy to help users’ home access problems
  • Han’gul typing through Global IME (not familiar with Korean keyboard mapping)
communication problems1
Communication Problems
  • Time difference between Korean vendors and US libraries
  • Hard to communicate with the vendors, if you don’t know them in person
  • Users’ searching technique problems for Korean words
many thanks to
Many Thanks to…
  • Jaeyong Chang (UC Berkeley)
  • Hee Sook Shin (Columbia Univ.)
  • Yunah Sung (Univ. of Michigan)
any questions

Any questions?

Thank you!

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