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COUNTER & Consortia. Tansy Matthews Virtual Library of Virginia Charleston Conference, Nov. 2007. Where we’re coming from…. VIVA is the consortium of non-profit higher-ed institutions in Virginia Members are 39 state-assisted colleges & universities

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counter consortia

COUNTER & Consortia

Tansy Matthews

Virtual Library of Virginia

Charleston Conference, Nov. 2007

where we re coming from
Where we’re coming from…
  • VIVA is the consortium of non-profit higher-ed institutions in Virginia
  • Members are

39 state-assisted colleges & universities

+ 33 independent colleges & universities

72 institutions

where we re coming from1
Where we’re coming from…
  • Multiple campuses!!!!
  • The 24 community colleges are at 40 locations

55 state-assisted campuses

+ 33 independent campuses

88 campuses!!!

x 30 products

2640 sets of stats processed monthly

where we re coming from2
Where we’re coming from…
  • Who’s doing the processing?
    • Me
    • Our Executive Assistant
    • Ouch!!!!
so what do we need
So what do we need?
  • Consistency in format
  • Consistency in content
  • Consistency in coverage
  • Consistency in delivery
  • Did I mention we really need consistency?
and what else do we need
And what else do we need?
  • As little as possible

(aka maximum efficiency)

    • Minimal logins
    • Minimal files
    • Minimal processing
what do we get now
What do we get now?

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

Hamlet Act 1, scene 5, 159–167

dear santa
Dear Santa…

All I want for Christmas this year is…

XML!!!!

(but sortable spreadsheets would be OK)

sortable spreadsheets whatever do you mean
Sortable spreadsheets? Whatever do you mean?
  • Aren’t dependent on their formatting to maintain data
  • Which means:
    • Pertinent information on every line
    • No merged cells