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    • 1. PerX and TechXtra Roddy MacLeod Heriot Watt University [email_address] http://www.slideshare.net/libram/perx-and-techxtra / Discovering eprints: finding needles in the haystack? 12 th Sept, European Research Institute, Birmingham
    • 2. Two names
      • Their roles in making research outputs more easily accessible
    • 3.
      • PerX – Pilot Engineering Repository Xsearch
      • A project (not a service)
      • http://www.icbl.hw.ac.uk/perx/
      • Subject Portals Project
        • http://www.portal.ac.uk/spp/
    • 4.
      • TechXtra – formerly EEVL Xtra
      • A service (not a project)
      • http://www.techxtra.ac.uk
    • 5.
      • June 2005 - May 2007
      • JISC Digital Repositories Programme
    • 6.
      • Repositories Research Team Wiki ( DigiRep )
    • 7.
      • < 1fte
      • Partners
        • Heriot-Watt University
        • Cranfield University
        • Institution of Civil Engineers/Thomas Telford Ltd
        • Geotechnical, Rock and Water Resources Library (Arizona)
        • Regional Support Centre East Midlands
        • Adiuri
      • Looked at various issues concerning subject-based access to digital repositories
      • Broad perspective on ‘digital repositories’
    • 8. Information landscape
    • 9. We investigated..
      • The range and availability of digital repository sources
      • Cultural barriers to use of repositories in the subject community
      • The functionality of software tools
      • Advocacy materials to encourage participation of repository providers
      • Maintenance issues
      • Interactions with infrastructural shared services
      • Enhancing metadata quality
      • Embedding and reuse of resource discovery services
      • Improving search and browse results presentation
      • Service profiling for particular audiences
    • 10. We produced…
      • Listing of Engineering Repository Sources
      • Engineering Digital Repositories Landscape Analysis
      • Listing of Basic Functional Requirements for Cross Search Service
      • Focus Groups Reports
      • Advocacy Materials
      • Setup & Maintenance Report
      • Shared Service Report
      • OAI-PMH Metadata Augmentation Report
      • Embedding and reuse report
    • 11. Plus two working demonstrators www.engineering.ac.uk
    • 12. Plus two working demonstrators www.engineering.ac.uk/civil
    • 13. Administrative interface
    • 14. What did we find out?
      • &quot;We feel more strongly than ever that there are significant advantages to a disciplinary approach to electronic services supporting advanced scholarship and higher education&quot; Stephen and Harrison (2002)
      • What may work for one discipline does not necessarily work well for another discipline.
      • Need for Subject focused services
        • Agree 46.8%
        • Strongly agree 46.8%
    • 15. What did we find out?
      • Creating subject perspectives is not always easy.
      • There are gap areas
      • Subject information environments are complex
      • Repositories are less important in engineering than some other subjects
      • The hybrid approach has limitations
      • Maintenance of OAI-PMH and automating reharvesting, is challenging
    • 16. What else did we find out?
      • More content is needed
      • Shared services were mostly at the trial stage
      • We could embed a cross-search service in a VLE
      • Its more difficult than you might think
    • 17. Problems faced by PerX
    • 18. Further PerX reading…
      • Building Bridges with Blocks: Assisting digital library and Virtual Learning Environment integration through reusable middleware. In Proceedings ELPUB 2007.
      • Digital Repositories: Building an information infrastructure in the UK . Research Information , Oct/Nov 2006.
      • The PerX Project - not just for engineers. E-MmITS , the electronic newsletter of the Multimedia and Information Technology Group Scotland, Spring/Summer 2006, pp. 11-14.
      • Overcoming the obstacles of harvesting and searching digital repositories from federated searching toolkits, and embedding them in VLEs . In Proceedings 2nd International Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems
      • Engineering: the changing information landscape . FreePint (198).
      • PerX : Pilot Engineering Repository Xsearch . D-Lib Magazine 12(3).
      • Digital Repositories in UK universities and colleges . Freepint (200).
    • 19. TechXtra
    • 20. Cross search 4 million items from:
      • Aeronautical Research Council Technical Reports (ARC)
      • arXiv - ePrint Archive
      • Australasian Digital Thesis (ADT)
      • Australian Research Repositories Online to the World (ARROW)
      • Caltech Earthquake Engineering Research Laboratory Technical Reports
      • CISTI - Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information
      • CiteSeer - Computer and Information Science Articles
      • Copac - Library Catalogues
      • CSA Discovery Guides
      • DiVA - Academic Archive On-Line
      • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
      • DSpace at MIT
      • Emerald Engineering
      • Euclid Mathematics and Statistics Journals
      • Geotechnical, Rock and Water Resources Library (GROW)
      • Higher Education Academy Joint Engineering/Materials Subject Centre Resource Database Inderscience Journals
      • Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Virtual Library (sample file)
      • Intute - Science Engineering and Technology
      • Intute: Repository Search
      • IoP Electronic Journals
      • JORUM
      • NASA Technical Reports
      • National Engineering Education Delivery System (NEEDS)
      • Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD)
      • OneStep Jobs
      • OneStep Industry News
      • Open Video Project
      • Pearson Education - Books
      • Recent Advances in Manufacturing (RAM)
      • SearchLT Engineering
    • 21. TechXtra
    • 22. I think TechXtra is quite great Hi, I love your database/search facility This is really useful resource!  Extra..... very professional it is a good site. I've just explored this in a bit more detail and wanted to congratulate (& thank you) for providing this service. I like TechXtra very much.
    • 23. Large STM cross-search services
      • Google Scholar
      • Live Search Academic - 27 million articles indexed. Most are STM
      • Scitopia – 3 million from 15 societies
      • WorldWideScience.org – 19 databases
      • Scirus – 100 million plus 29 databases
      • Scitation – 1 million
      • ScienceResearch – ‘millions’
      • Science.gov – 50 million
    • 24. Subject communities
      • iMechanica
      • TechKnow
    • 25. Any questions?