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Warwick Cathro's "The National Library of Australia's New Discovery Service" presentation from the RLG Partnership Annual Meeting, June 2, 2009.

Warwick Cathro's "The National Library of Australia's New Discovery Service" presentation from the RLG Partnership Annual Meeting, June 2, 2009.

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The National Library of Australia's New Discovery Service The National Library of Australia's New Discovery Service Presentation Transcript

  • The National Library of Australia’s new discovery service Annual RLG Partnership Meeting 2 June 2009 Warwick Cathro National Library of Australia
  • Here we are
  • NLA mandates • Build and manage the world’s best collection relating to “Australia” – containing both analog and digital resources • Provide researchers and the public with access to this collection • Facilitate national access to all Australian collections [eg by aggregating metadata] • Work with others in Australia and overseas [eg on policies, projects, standards, software]
  • Three major projects • “Dealing with the Digital Deluge” – Collaboration with National Archives, National Film & Sound Archive • “Getwise” – Gain Efficiencies Through Workflow Investigation and System Exploration • “Single Business Discovery Project”
  • “Facilitate access to Australian collections” • Libraries Australia – bibliographic utility (since 1981) – holdings now synchronised with WorldCat • Free discovery services: – Picture Australia – Music Australia – Australian Research Online – Australian Newspapers Beta – PANDORA search service – others
  • Picture Australia
  • Music Australia
  • Australian Research Online
  • Australian Newspapers Beta
  • These are legacy systems • All developed in-house • Mostly based on TeraText from SAIC • Our direction is to integrate these services and move them to SOLR/Lucene platform
  • IT Architecture report • Released March 2007 • http://www.nla.gov.au/dsp/documents/itag.pdf • Service Oriented Architecture • Single Business approach • Changed emphasis on open source
  • The Prototype • Library Labs wiki • Discovery prototype
  • Data for the discovery service • Australian library catalogues • Full text of digitised items • Full text of web archives • Metadata from university repositories • Metadata describing digitised pictures • Journal article metadata • Finding aids and summaries
  • Some technical details • Developed by NLA Project Team using: – Java programming language – SOLR/Lucene for indexing – MySQL for record clustering – Jetty and Restlets as the HTTP container – Freemarker as the templating language
  • Why not Google? • Are trying unsuccessfully to get Google to harvest 100% of our metadata • We want to preference Australian collections in the ranking • We want the user to experience our facets, delivery interfaces, annotation interfaces
  • What’s next? • Absorb comments, feedback • Implement in late October 2009 – Decommission some of the legacy services • Priority improvements to the Australian Newspapers view • Major extension to expand access to journal articles and e-resources (TBC)
  • Questions?