Is collaboration necessary for labeling?

From a community perspective, collaboration between an institution and your community is not necessary for labelling. This means that you can develop and customize your own specific TK Labels for your own purposes [See the new TK Label Adaptor]. This could include use on websites or within your own community library, archive or museum. You could also create a label for specific texts, like research reports for instance, that you want shared outside your local context. You can also develop a set of TK Labels that you would like to share with an institution that holds your cultural heritage. You do not have to develop these in collaboration, but you might want to enter into a collaborative relationship about how your new TK Labels are to be used, placed and positioned in relation to your cultural heritage and any digital circulation that is planned for these materials.

From an institutional perspective, yes, labelling is a collaboration between yourself and the community/communities that you are working with and who are the responsible cultural custodians, owners and stewards of the cultural heritage that you preserve and support access to. These communities work to create and customize their own TK Labels and then, through a collaborative relationship, an institution works to create the workable means through which these Labels are attached, associated and made visible to the public within an online catalogue or database.