Literature: we searched for example LISTA, a bibliographical database for library and information sciences, Sociological Abstracts, for social sciences, and
Print editions of scholarly journals are becoming a ‘thing of the past’ But, distributed in different digital libraries: we have more than 300 databases, ranging from full-text (Sage), biographical (PubMed), research data etc, repositories, scattered among university, individual open access journals. Where do you start your search?
And when you search in Google Scholar or sEURch, which are integrated search engines, covering a lot of databases, you get so many results! You can’t read them all!
So there are a number of problems. Human information processing capacity is according to some just 300 kb per day! Computers can’t think for us, they use their own language
What do researchers want, or what would be the ideal situation? We want to find what’s relevant but with as less irrelevant articles as possible: Part A should be as big as possible, and Part B and D as little as possible. (picture is borrowed from http://choo.fis.utoronto.ca/FIS/Courses/LIS1325/Strategy.html)
When you search with the term mouse the relevant articles will be different among scholars from different disciplines.
Digital collections of academic libraries and semantic support Examples, potentials and challenges Judith Gulpers