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1 Stephen Rhind-Tutt, President, E-Everything: Putting It All Together November 2010

2 About ASP The information archipelago Perspectives on discovery Some examples Overview

3 Alexander Street Press, LLC Performing Arts, Drama, and Film World Literature Womens History Religion Counseling Music Social and Cultural History Sociology Black Studies American Civil War

4 The environment

5 OCLC, Environmental Scan, 2003

6 Newsletters Journals Monographs Textbooks Academic Tools External Publishers Free Websites Lay Tools A&I Dbs Video

7 Discovery

8 Integration is unavoidable Loosely Held Tightly Held Free Websites Loosely integrated Tightly integrated Refuse to License License widely License widely and be a Licensor

9 Search for myocardial infarct 1,445 results Most limiters dont help

10 A cataloging problem –No common agreement as to terms –No common agreement as to level of granularity A linking problem –Some successes in journals A financial problem –Few models to monetize links –Its expensive to do this properly Discovery of the best, rarest, the most unique items remains elusive Discovery

11 A closer look…

12 Granularity of tagging Search Precision Ease of Integration Hi Lo Hi Narrower e.g. Cirrus Broad e.g. Weather Less Broad e.g. Clouds Narrowest e.g. Cirrus in AZ

13 Granularity of results Search Precision Ease of Integration Hi Lo Hi Sub-Chapter Track, Poem, Article, Chapter, Track Book, Journal, Series Database

14 Discovery Book descriptors, ISBNs, ONYX Media Descriptors Albums, DVDs Smaller units Semantic tags Book descriptors, ISBNs, ONYX Journal Descriptors Article Citations, DOI Media Descriptors Albums, DVDs Smaller units Semantic tags Search Tool Target Easy Hard Journal Descriptors Article Citations, DOI

15 Semantic Indexing Collection Series Book or Volume Chapter Page Word Where ? When ? What ? Who ? Traditional indexing > Semantic indexing >

16 Traditional vs. Semantic Indexing Traditional IndexingSemantic Indexing General HistoryDramaReligion What?Article, BookEventScenePassage Who?AuthorParticipantsCharactersAuthor Where?Where publishedWhere occurredWhere set- When?When publishedWhen it happenedWhen setWhen written Give me articles from journal xxx prior to 1990 Give me documents that discuss battles where more than 100 people were killed? Give me all scenes set before 1850 that portray lynching? Which authors cite Genesis most frequently?

17 The real world Play Author Production Stills Playbills Production Venue Director Lighting Set Designers Theater Performance Location Production Company Producer Texts Criticism Cast List Performers Posters Ephemera Scenes Acts Characters Dramatis Personae

18 The virtual world… Author Birth date Death date Birth Place Death Place Nationality Occupation Awards (38 fields) Theater District Location Capacity Style Etc… (18 fields) Company Name Productions Performers Etc… (14 fields) Production Director Theater Cast # of Perfs. Lighting Costumes Etc… (47 fields) Characters Plays Age Author Performer Etc… (30 fields) Scenes Where When Setting Subject Etc… (41 fields) Resources Play Director Theater Production Co. Character Scene Etc… (45 fields) Texts Keyword Author Date Written Date Published Production (67 fields) Give me scenes about AIDS written by South African authors in the past 5 years….

19 Tables of Contents

20 More than a way to answer questions A framework by which users can be guided to understand, explore, discover and learn. A route-map to guide users through data - saving time and effort. Delivers answers that cannot be asked elsewhere Facilitates discovery within the discipline Semantic Indexing…

21 Discovery Book descriptors, ISBNs, ONYX Media Descriptors Albums, DVDs Smaller units Semantic tags Book descriptors, ISBNs, ONYX Journal Descriptors Article Citations, DOI Media Descriptors Albums, DVDs Smaller units Semantic tags Search Tool Target Easy Hard Journal Descriptors Article Citations, DOI

22 Links as the defining value added Links document intellectual pathways through data Basic traffic enhancer Allow independent annotation of scholarship Facilitate discovery Confer authority Prevent duplication of indexing, content and commentary Links are intrinsically bidirectional (Ted Nelson)

23 Some examples from ASP

24 Building discovery… Unhelpful Legal warnings not to link Changing links constantly Disabling links No permanent URLs No crawling Randomly changing URLs Insisting on one interface and one access point Unattached pages Helpful Citations visible to the outside world Permanent URLs RSS feeds OpenURL Design for multiple interfaces Open to crawling Published APIs Welcome linking Ask others to do the same

25 No silos! Search via library catalog (direct or federated) OpenURL links directly to Alexander Street content OpenURL links directly to other databases Search the web Search the library catalog e.g. RILM, Grove Music Online Search via Alexander Street interface

26 Next phase - video

27 Discovery tools MARC records, Discovery Services Text search Search Engines

28 Social Tools

29 Newsletters Journals Monographs Textbooks Academic Tools External Publishers Free Websites Lay Tools

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31 Search functionality


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