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d+ Resource Discovery Tool

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Given to University of Manchester WebCT user group 9th May 2006

Given to University of Manchester WebCT user group 9th May 2006

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    • 1. d+ Resource Discovery Tool w ork in Progress WebCT User group 9 th May 2006 Adrian Stevenson Learning Technology Services The University of Manchester
    • 2. d+ <ul><li>Discovery+: Brokerage for Deep and Distributed e-Learning Resources Discovery </li></ul><ul><li>Part of the ‘service-oriented’ JISC e-Framework </li></ul><ul><li>d+ is a tool that allows discovery of ‘deep’ resources stored in distributed repositories </li></ul>
    • 3.  
    • 4. Why d+? <ul><li>Effective study requires resource discovery </li></ul><ul><li>d+ allows for the discovery of quality, peer-reviewed resources </li></ul><ul><li>Google useful but has flaws </li></ul><ul><li>More and more of these resources becoming available </li></ul>
    • 5. Why d+? <ul><li>Enhances WebCT </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Highlights the availability of learning resources when they are most relevant </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Open source </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Search targets tailored to the institutions requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Toolkit functionality customisable </li></ul></ul>
    • 6. Searchable repositories <ul><li>Peer reviewed resources – RDN </li></ul><ul><li>Subject specific gateways – SOSIG </li></ul><ul><li>Serials / journals – e-prints </li></ul><ul><li>Learning object repositories - JORUM </li></ul><ul><li>Web – Google </li></ul><ul><li>Amazon, O’Reilly, Safari </li></ul><ul><li>Other library / bibliographic targets </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Z39.50 targets http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/distributed-systems/zdir/ </li></ul></ul>
    • 7.  
    • 8. How to use d+? <ul><li>Enter a search term and select a target </li></ul><ul><li>Results can be captured and saved </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In XML format e.g. content package, resource list </li></ul></ul>
    • 9. WebCT Integration <ul><li>‘ Loose’ and ‘tight’ integration with WebCT </li></ul>
    • 10.  
    • 11. d- <ul><li>D+ project finished </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not well documented </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Slow response </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not a d+ issue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inadequate metadata </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Not true federated search </li></ul><ul><li>Competition – Google, Google Scholar, Metalib </li></ul>
    • 12. References <ul><li>d+ Project http://devil.lib.ed.ac.uk:8080/dplus/ </li></ul><ul><li>Related Projects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>DICE http://www.staffs.ac.uk/COSE/DICE/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ELF Search Service Demonstrator http://www.icbl.hw.ac.uk/elfsearch/ </li></ul></ul>
    • 13. Contact <ul><li>Adrian Stevenson </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Technology Services </li></ul><ul><li>Room B38, Sackville Building </li></ul><ul><li>University of Manchester </li></ul><ul><li>Sackville St </li></ul><ul><li>Manchester M60 1QD </li></ul><ul><li>Tel: +44(0)161 306 3109 </li></ul><ul><li>Email: adrian.stevenson@manchester.ac.uk </li></ul>

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