Subject gateways have been encouraged and financially supported by the Joint Information System Committee of the UK Higher Education and Research Funding Councils as a potential solution to the ever increasing cost of library provision and Internet based information resources. The gateway for Business Education, biz/ed, was developed using both existing procedures for quality assuring such resources, and new approaches. The four key elements – DESIRE, ROADS, TIPs and the Focus Group – are described and their effectiveness in achieving a quality output assessed. The overall conclusion is that there are still conceptual barriers to the use of gateways by academics, and that, while they may serve a useful purpose, the process of quality assurance and maintenance is continuous and resource intensive.
Sladen, C. and Spence, M. (2000), "Hand picked for quality – a reflection on biz/ed", Library Consortium Management: An International Journal, Vol. 2 No. 2, pp. 35-43. https://doi.org/10.1108/14662760010355176
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