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IntraLIbrary 22/2/08Ian Watson Using SRU to create an open search interface for a social services repository Ian Watson & Paul Hart Institute for Research.

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1 IntraLIbrary 22/2/08Ian Watson Using SRU to create an open search interface for a social services repository Ian Watson & Paul Hart Institute for Research & Innovation in Social Services

2 The Learning Exchange Content –800 Objects –Multimedia, PDF, audio, web sites Users –Nine Scottish universities teaching social work –Entire social services workforce (via Via NHS Scotland elibrary Athens authentication) Registration requirement a big barrier to use

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4 Key Features Add to browser search engines Search term auto-suggest. Text file created from words in selected metadata fields exported through OAI If search term misspelled, alternative suggested Tagging and send to a friend Keywords & authors are hyperlinks to create new searches Three column design – space for showcase in right hand column Works even if Java script and css disabled Works on hand-held devices

5 Things to look out for Search Syntax –CQL doesn't use the same syntax as Google and the like. Quotes does not imply a phrase search (exact relation). –SRU/CQL implementation in IntraLibrary does not currently support the "exact" relation Effect: not easy to control how the search works

6 Special Collections Learning Exchange as three kinds of special collection –Images –Subjects: Child Protection; Drug and Alcohol Misuse –Protected collection (objects with licence conditions requiring user registration) In 2.8, no seamless link from Open Search to the object for those users holding an Athens password Support for use of authentication tokens to search specific collections introduced in 2.9.

7 Other Cant browse taxonomies Cant link to licences –Learning Exchange has three licence types Modify Not Modify Web resource –Open search default is therefore not modify unless resource allows otherwise

8 Character mapping Fix: Compiled a list of allowed characters for title field.

9 Broken Links Meta Data Analysis Tool Enter: Download XENU: Run through checker Report opens in browser

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12 Future Advanced search CQL will have to allow sorting search results SRU support for image display, eg thumbnails lightbox high res Open ID SWORD uploader Ratings (custom vs IntraLibrary proprietary) Import objects by RSS Release as open source, probably via a Google code repository (end of March 08)

13 Learning Exchange Open Search Design Team Paul Hart – Multimedia Developer Ian Philip – Multimedia Designer Lesley Duff - Web Applications Analyst/Programmer Ian Watson – Knowledge and Information Manager Ellen Daly - Knowledge and Information Assistant Neil Ballantyne – Learning Technology Manager


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