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Louisiana’s Wetland. In the continental U.S., Louisiana accounts for 26% of total marshes and 40% of coastal tidal marshes. Louisiana is experiences 90% of the total coastal marsh loss in the U.S. . Rate of Land Loss.

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louisiana s wetland
Louisiana’s Wetland
  • In the continental U.S., Louisiana accounts for 26% of total marshes and 40% of coastal tidal marshes.
  • Louisiana is experiences 90% of the total coastal marsh loss in the U.S.

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rate of land loss
Rate of Land Loss
  • Each year, Louisiana loses about 25 square miles of land due to coastal erosion. This translates to a loss of one football field of wetland every 38 minutes (DNR).
  • Katrina and Rita - 2 days – loss of over 200 miles of wetland.

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louisiana coastal grey literature database project
Louisiana Coastal Grey Literature Database Project

The Louisiana Governor’s Office of Coastal Activities

and

Louisiana State University Libraries

Began a project in October 2004 to collect and preserve Louisiana coastal grey literature.

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project goals
Project Goals
  • Collect, preserve, and allow the public access to Louisiana coastal grey literature
    • Identify grey literature at state and federal agencies, state universities, and private entities
    • Create an online searchable citation database
    • Allow for full-text searching and downloadable full-text documents capabilities

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project grey literature
Project Grey Literature
  • Working papers
  • Conference proceedings
  • Newsletters
  • Bulletins
  • State government publications

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agencies involved
Agencies Involved
  • Established contacts through GOCA and visited the following Agencies:

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resources in libraries
Resources in Libraries
  • Continually identifying relevant documents at libraries throughout the state

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online questionnaire
Online Questionnaire
  • Created an online questionnaire to understand the research preferences of the database target audience http://www.lib.lsu.edu/special/coastal/questionnaire.htm

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Online Questionnaire
  • Questions
    • How he/she conducts research
    • What resources he/she uses
    • What types of grey Literature he/she has used on the job or in research
  • Response
    • Of the 360 individuals who received the e-mail,105 (34%) responded tothe questionnaire

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Online Questionnaire

105 Total Respondents

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Online Questionnaire
  • Q: What are your primary sources for information in your research/on the job?
    • Journal articles - 52 individuals - 75% are in a university setting.
    • Technical/Government reports - 31 individuals. 74% are state or federal government employees
    • Less than 15 people chose the Internet or books as their first research tool.

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questionnaire responses
Questionnaire Responses
  • 75% of respondents said that there is no limit on the age of materials they use for research
  • 92 out of 105 respondents indicated that they would use older research materials if they were more readily available

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questionnaire comments
Questionnaire Comments
  • I don\'t have time to search databases that contain extraneous information not focused on the coast or wetlands. Having a focused database will certainly be helpful.
    • DNR employee

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database
Database
  • Designing a relational metadata database using GridSphere portal software
  • Database will be searchable by title, author, agency, and keyword
  • Keywords will be cross-referenced and like terms will be linked to each other

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metadata organization issues
Metadata/Organization Issues
  • Records
    • All records will be bibliographic - citations only
    • Additional metadata about scanning or file type can be added to record later
    • Use metadata from existing records created by libraries state-wide

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Metadata/Organization Issues
  • MODS (Metadata Object Description Schema)
    • Library of Congress metadata schema
    • Uses XML (Extensible Markup Language)
    • Derivative of MARC 21, the library cataloging standard.

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access issues
Access Issues
  • The records will list libraries and state agencies that house copies of the documents

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katrina
Katrina

and

Rita

=

Project

Halted

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lessons learned
Lessons Learned
  • More thorough pre-planning
  • Explore out of box DB options
  • Overcoming ‘Programmer language’ barrier
  • Timelines and deadlines
  • Inter-agency cooperation and communication

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remaining work
Remaining Work
  • Customize the database interface
  • Add additional records to the database
  • Re-visit the state agencies
  • Explore other grey literature resources
  • Train users on the database system

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Database
  • Database link if available by the time of the GL8 Conference

Questions?

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