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Project Lefty is a proposed search system that, at a minimum, adds a layer on top of traditional federated search tools that will make the wait for results more worthwhile for researchers.

Project Lefty is a proposed search system that, at a minimum, adds a layer on top of traditional federated search tools that will make the wait for results more worthwhile for researchers.

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  • PROJECT LEFTY Ken Varnum University of Michigan Library 12 April 2010
  • Agenda
    • Project Lefty as submitted to Deep Web Technologies Federated Search contest
    • Working prototype based on the concept
  • RIGHT Database
    • Based on query
    • Select appropriate targets to search
  • RIGHT Query
    • Depending on target
    • Pick the right query to use
  • RIGHT Academic Level
    • We can know a lot about our patrons
    • Registrar’s data
    • Previous searching history
    • Academic status
  • PROJECT LEFTY
    • WHY?
    Because three rights make a left
  • But Seriously
    • Started 18 months ago
    • Before age of ‘web scale discovery’
    • Make wait for results more worthwhile
    • Curiosity
    • Does one size fit all?
    • Do personalized results get the patron anywhere?
  • Prototype
    • Worked with 6 subject specialists
    • Developed a prototype that
    • Knows courses you’ve taken or taught
    • Intuits subject domains to search in
    • Focuses query to suit
  • Results
    • “ You get fewer results, but they’re better”
    • Music subject specialist
  • Sample Searches
    • Search for ‘depression’ as
    • Undergrad history major
    • Teaching Assistant in economics
    • Graduate student in psychology
  • Undeclared Undergraduate
  • Graduate Student in Economics
  • Graduate Student in Psychology
  • How
    • Prototype as shown uses the Summon API
    • Seeded with lists of journals
      • Novice
      • Advanced
    • Searching, but not custom results, works on Metalib’s X-Server
    • Next steps -- mapping query to subject domains
  • Credits
    • Judy Yu (Developer)
    • Albert Bertram (Lead Developer)
    • John Law & Andrew Nagy at Summon
    • Library Subject Specialists
      • Beau Case
      • Paul Grochowski
      • Jennifer Nason Davis
      • Marisa Conte
      • Pam Mackintosh
      • Scott Martin
  • Thank You Ken Varnum Web Systems Manager Univ. of Michigan Library Email [email_address] Twitter @varnum Blog www.rss4lib.com Library Site http://www.lib.umich.edu MLibrary Technology Blog http://mblog.lib.umich.edu/blt