Enhancing HIP Dave Pattern, Library Systems Manager University of Huddersfield [email_address] http://library.hud.ac.uk/ba...
Some Background <ul><li>definitely not OPAC 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>enhancements to the existing OPAC </li></ul><ul><ul><li>...
Some Background <ul><li>required extra web servers and a MySQL database </li></ul><ul><li>required staff buy-in and a will...
Spell Checker <ul><li>we monitored keyword searches over a six month period and discovered approx  23%  of searches gave z...
Spell Checker
Spell Checker <ul><li>spell checker based on a common word dictionary or your own holdings? </li></ul><ul><li>spell checke...
Keyword Suggestions <ul><li>failed keyword searches are cross referenced with www.answers.com to provide new search sugges...
Keyword Suggestions
Borrowing Suggestions <ul><li>we had details of over 2,000,000 CKOs spanning 10 years stored in the library management sys...
Borrowing Suggestions
Lending Paths
Ratings and Comments
Other Editions <ul><li>uses FRBR-y web services provided by OCLC and LibraryThing to locate other editions and related wor...
Other Editions
RSS Feeds
RSS Aggregators
a9.com (“Stealth OPAC”)
Email Alerts
“If you build it, will they come?”
Popular Books <ul><li>100 most looked at books on the OPAC in the last 7 days </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://webcat.hud.ac.u...
Playing with AJAX <ul><li>search suggestions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// webcat.hud.ac.uk/modperl/ajax.pl </li></ul></ul...
“I borrowed a green book…” <ul><li>Searching for books by the colour of their covers… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// webcat...
Pictures made of books
Keyword search cloud (over 6 months)
Failed Keywords (over 6 months)
Finally, an OPAC replacement?
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  • Enhancing HIP

    1. 1. Enhancing HIP Dave Pattern, Library Systems Manager University of Huddersfield [email_address] http://library.hud.ac.uk/barcelona/
    2. 2. Some Background <ul><li>definitely not OPAC 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>enhancements to the existing OPAC </li></ul><ul><ul><li>user suggestions from surveys </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“2.0” inspired features </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>borrowing good ideas from other web sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>new features launched with no/low publicity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“perpetual beta” </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Some Background <ul><li>required extra web servers and a MySQL database </li></ul><ul><li>required staff buy-in and a willingness to experiment and take risks </li></ul>
    4. 4. Spell Checker <ul><li>we monitored keyword searches over a six month period and discovered approx 23% of searches gave zero results </li></ul><ul><ul><li>most OPACs present the user with a “dead end” page </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a good search engine should still give the user options on a failed search (“did you mean?”) </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Spell Checker
    6. 6. Spell Checker <ul><li>spell checker based on a common word dictionary or your own holdings? </li></ul><ul><li>spell checker might highlight your cataloguing errors 1 ! </li></ul>
    7. 7. Keyword Suggestions <ul><li>failed keyword searches are cross referenced with www.answers.com to provide new search suggestions </li></ul>
    8. 8. Keyword Suggestions
    9. 9. Borrowing Suggestions <ul><li>we had details of over 2,000,000 CKOs spanning 10 years stored in the library management system and gathering virtual dust </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 – “ Data is the Next Intel Inside 1 ” </li></ul><ul><li>historic circulation data can be mined 2 to uncover the hidden trends and links between potentially disparate library items </li></ul>
    10. 10. Borrowing Suggestions
    11. 11. Lending Paths
    12. 12. Ratings and Comments
    13. 13. Other Editions <ul><li>uses FRBR-y web services provided by OCLC and LibraryThing to locate other editions and related works within local holdings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>OCLC’s xISBN 1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LibraryThing’s thingISBN 2 </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. Other Editions
    15. 15. RSS Feeds
    16. 16. RSS Aggregators
    17. 17. a9.com (“Stealth OPAC”)
    18. 18. Email Alerts
    19. 19. “If you build it, will they come?”
    20. 20. Popular Books <ul><li>100 most looked at books on the OPAC in the last 7 days </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://webcat.hud.ac.uk/perl/popularbooks.pl </li></ul></ul><ul><li>popular books from the last 24 hours that haven't been looked at much before </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://webcat.hud.ac.uk/perl/popularbooks2.pl </li></ul></ul>
    21. 21. Playing with AJAX <ul><li>search suggestions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// webcat.hud.ac.uk/modperl/ajax.pl </li></ul></ul><ul><li>recent search keywords </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://library.hud.ac.uk/perl/ajax5b.pl </li></ul></ul><ul><li>recent search phrases </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://webcat.hud.ac.uk/modperl/ajax3.pl </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://webcat.hud.ac.uk/modperl/ajax4.pl </li></ul></ul>
    22. 22. “I borrowed a green book…” <ul><li>Searching for books by the colour of their covers… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// webcat.hud.ac.uk/perl/colour.pl </li></ul></ul>
    23. 23. Pictures made of books
    24. 24. Keyword search cloud (over 6 months)
    25. 25. Failed Keywords (over 6 months)
    26. 26. Finally, an OPAC replacement?
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