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RANTLHA L.B. (MANTE) MILLENNIUM FEDERATED SEARCH PLATFORM : RESEARCH PRO AS A LEARNER & RESEARCH SUPPORT INITIATIVE AT UNISA
ABSTRACT The developing technologies have brought about a tremendous change in the Library and Information world. Libraries are now opting to go “e” in resources. The more e-resources - the more challenges they bring in the information retrieval process. The process of information retrieval becomes tedious and sometimes confusing for our clientele who end up searching from only few familiar resources or search engines, leaving most of the resources unused.
1. Introduction Libraries catalogued resources are increased in millions The number of electronic databases resources also are increasing in volumes The search engines such as Google, Yahoo etc are also increasing their contents in billions
1.1 Intro continues On the other hand our users (both students and Academics) prefer to search from one platform – unlike learning to search from various multiple search platforms hence Users prefer to google their searches because Google gives them one search platform and results with a click of the mouse
Research Byrne & McGillis (2008) conducted research and reported that library clients require an average of five (5) minutes to find an article and four (4) minutes for a book
Research, continues Therefore, current technology in academic libraries is focusing on making this search process easier to handle by introducing federated search systems
Federated searching This federated search system technology allows users of the libraries to search from different databases simultaneously and get relevant results at once
Federated Search Diagram By William H. Mischo By William H. Mischo University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign
MILLENNIUM FEDERATED SEARCH PLATFORM AT UNISA It is called Research Pro Research Pro allows clients to search across:Research Pro the OASIS Library Catalogue Multiple licensed Databases Selected search engines ( by iii) simultaneously through a single interface. One click “Put it all together” provides results from all selected resources at once.
Converting from the Metafind to Research Pro Hosting : Research pro is hosted by iii- on a server located at their Headquarters Access is controlled via WAM – prompts for validation via My Oasis NB. It does not require separate proxy server. It just needs a unique IP address for all the databases IP address should be supplied by iii as part of the setup Database Vendors : were contacted – to open access for the research pro IP address Changes: III takes the responsibility of implementing whatever changes we want to make
Methodology Responsible Workgroup Research Pro Team Selection process of databases Databases Categories Project Implementation OASIS Workgroup 13 members selected from the Oasis workgroup Personal librarians & Search Librarians Business & Management Humanities & Social Sciences Sciences multidisciplinary Installed August 2009 and it will be launched after the upgrade to Research Pro 2.0
LIST OF PLATFORMS ADDED BY III INNOVATIVE Best betsLibrary Catalogue Indexes and abstracts Image databases Search engines Emerald Eric ABIInfo Global Pubmed Unisa Oasis Catalogue Pubmed AltaVista images Artcyclopedia Google images Google Bong Open Directory Yahoo