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This work continues the 1st DELOS Network of Excellence Working Group on Evaluation (2000-2002).

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Testbeds & toolkits

This is an indicative list of testbeds and toolkits for the evaluation of the digital libraries.

Digital library toolkit
"The Digital Library Tool Kit is sponsored by Sun Microsystems Computer Company in the hopes of addressing some of the leading questions that academic institutions, public libraries, government agencies, and museums face in trying to develop digital content and distribute it on the Worldwide Web."
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Digital library standards and practices
"The DLF will identify, document, organizationally endorse, and promote adoption of those standards and best practices that support the effective acquisition, interchange, persistence, and assessment of digital library collections and services. These pages open out onto work in this area."
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The D-Lib Test Suite

"The D-Lib Test Suite is a group of digital library testbeds that are made available over the Internet for research in digital libraries, information management, collaboration, visualization, and related disciplines. The Test Suite: (a) lowers the barriers to entry for new researchers, (b) provides standard sets of data for quantitative and comparative research, (c) is a platform for experiments in interoperability and distributed systems."
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EFX: Evaluation support for FAIR and X4L Projects
"The aim of this section of the EFX web Toolkit is to provide enough of a description of our approach to understanding implicit theories of change to allow project teams to carry out their own exercise in 'surfacing' the assumptions embedded in their own work."
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E-Metrics (Measures for Electronic Resources)
"The E-Metrics project is is an effort to explore the feasibility of defining and collecting data on the use and value of electronic resources. Although ARL has some experience in tracking expenditures for electronic resources through the ARL Supplementary Statistics, there is a widely held recognition that more work needs to take place in this area."
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EQUINOX: Library performance measurement and quality management system
"EQUINOX -a two year project (1998 - 2000)- was funded under the Telematics for Libraries Programme of the European Commission. This project addressed "the need of all libraries to develop and use methods for measuring performance in the new networked, electronic environment, alongside traditional performance measurement, and to operate these methods within a framework of quality management".
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eVALUEd - an evaluation model for e-library developments
"This toolkit has been designed to support anyone planning to evaluate Electronic Information Services (EIS) in UK Higher Education Institutions. It has been developed by a team at the University of Central England. This work has been funded by HEFCE. This is a pilot version of the toolkit and some sections are incomplete."
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JUBILEE Toolkit
"JUBILEE is about monitoring and evaluating user information behaviour in relation to EIS (Electronic Information Services) funded by the JISC. The JUBILEE project (JISC User Behaviour in Information seeking: Longitudinal Evaluation of EIS) has just completed its fourth year."
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MetaLibrary
"This is the effort of DELOS WG 2.1 to collect information on all sorts of digital library systems, projects, testbeds, etc. and provide an intelligent testbed selection and evaluation tool for these."
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Project COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources)
"It is widely agreed by producers and purchasers of information that the use of these resources should be measured in a more consistent way. Librarians want to understand better how the information they buy from a variety of sources is being used; publishers want to know how the information products they disseminate are being accessed. An essential requirement to meet these objectives is an agreed international set of standards and protocols governing the recording and exchange of online usage data. The COUNTER Codes of Practice provide these standards and protocols and are published in full on this website."
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Sense-Making Methodology Site
"Sense-Making is an approach to thinking about and implementing communication research and practice and the design of communication-based systems and activities. It consists of a set of philosophical assumptions, substantive propositions, methodological framings, and methods. It has been applied in myriad settings (e.g., libraries, information systems, media systems, Web sites, public information campaigns, classrooms, counselling services, and so on), at myriad levels (e.g., intrapersonal, interpersonal, small group, organizational, national, global), and within myriad perspectives (e.g., constructivist, critical, cultural, feminist, postmodern, communitarian)."
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The usability methods toolbox 
A compilation of information about almost all of the methods and techniques used in usability evaluation. This site isn't updated for a long time (10 June 1998), but still remains a comprehensive look at usability techniques. Website Screenshot

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