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1 Intute Repository Search Project An iterative approach to developing a national search service to support scholarly communication, teaching and learning Sophia Jones Linda Kerr September 2008

2 Introduction Background: - Funded by JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) - - A Mimas project (www.mimas.ac.uk), in partnership with UKOLN and SHERPA.UKOLNSHERPA Objectives: - Develop a UK repository search service to support academic activity - To serve as a showcase for UK research and education

3 Aims Discovery, harvesting and aggregation of repositories of academic and research papers from HE and other relevant open access sources across the UK Creation and maintenance of a store of metadata Provide improved services to individuals – automatic profiling based on individual enquiry or learning characteristics

4 Aims To provide a richer and more meaningful contextual search facility including full-text search, text-mining and automatic subject classification Investigate opportunities to include other relevant information sources eg non-UK resources Help develop meaningful synergies between research repositories and learning repositories

5 Scope Scope in first instance includes repositories of Open Access academic and research papers held in UK HEI Repositories; Now harvesting and searching 87 UK Repositories with approx 360,000 artefacts; Planned Scope exploration: –Other OA Repositories e.g., Learning Objects (JORUM) (Moodle) –Proprietary LO Repositories (Blackboard / WebCT) –Global research and academic papers –Optimisation via other JISC Shared Services (IESR, HILT)

6 Progress Phase I – developing and deploying simple search functionality across UK university repositories; new web interface Phase II – identified and agreed approaches to developing further search and discovery features

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10 The Challenge & Complexities Knowledge Management Context for Researchers, Teachers and Students Knowledge Context Where can I find…? What can help me? Who can help me? What do we know? What do I / we dont know? Simple SearchFull-text SearchSubject ClassificationAutomated aggregationConcept matchingPersonalisation Search paradigmDiscovery ParadigmMeaning-based computing ContentContext

11 Search and discovery context Moving beyond the Google Search Box scenario: What do I want to know? What do I not know? Where can I find it? How can I access it? Who can help me in my enquiry or offer new knowledge / perspectives? What have other people like me been looking for in similar or connected areas? Why do I need this information? When do I need to be notified that things may have changed?

12 Broad range of Requirements Ongoing requirements focussing on: Researcher (PI, Assistant, Post Grad) Teaching & Learning Community Higher Education Academy - LSCAcademic & Research Deans Knowledge / Info specialists (HE/FE) Cross-sector shared service developments Other National Repository Aggregators Common Repository Interface WG - JISC Research Support Departments Developers JISC UK Research Councils JISC Repositories & PreservationInstitutional Repository Managers JISC IE & IEMSR Librarians Commercial Technology Stakeholders Standards Communities

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14 Development paths Development of machine to machine interfaces – SRU/SRW, Z39.50 Version Control Achievable synergies between research and learning object repositories Cross-searching of repositories – presentation of results

15 Advanced discovery and retrieval Parallel approaches: –NaCTEM (National Centre for Text Mining) - –Autonomy IDOL software Advanced browsing and searching – –Automated document clustering and classification based on terminology –Personalisation of searching –Concept visualisation from automated clustering

16 Summary Serve as a showcase for UK research and education Discover, harvest and aggregate repositories of academic and research papers from HE and other relevant open access sources across the UK Provide a richer and more meaningful contextual search facility including full-text search, text-mining and automatic subject classification Further expansion based on user requirements/JISC review

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