ticTOCs www.tictocs.ac.uk Roddy MacLeod Heriot Watt University [email_address]
Current research output
Providing access to the most current research is by far the most frequent reason suggested by scholars for accessing digital resources for their research.
Current Models of Digital Scholarly Communication: Results of an Investigation Conducted by Ithaka for the Association of Research Libraries. Nov 2008 http://www.arl.org/bm~doc/current-models-report.pdf
About 23,000 scholarly journals are published, by about 2,000 publishers (independent publishers, learned societies, university presses)
Each year 1.4 million articles are written annually by some of the 5.5 million researchers worldwide
ticTOCs aims to facilitate access to the most important resources for researchers – new articles in scholarly journals
ticTOCs is about current awareness
A freely available journal tables of contents (TOCs) service.
Makes it easy for academics and researchers to keep up-to-date with newly published scholarly material
Enables them to find, display, combine and reuse tables of contents from multiple publishers in a personalisable web based environment.
ticTOCs has aggregated >11,000 journal TOC RSS feeds from >410 publishers
ticTOCs is involved in current awareness, finding scholarly journal content, and RSS.
ticTOCs is free, at www.tictocs.ac.uk
Find more than 11,000 scholarly journal Table of Contents (TOCs).
View the latest TOC for each journal.
Link to the full text of more than 250,000 articles (where institutional or personal subscription allows).
Export TOC feeds to popular feedreaders.
Select and save journal titles to view future TOCs
Find TOCs Display latest TOC Export reference Link to full text Store MyTOCs (requires registration) Get RSS feed
Harvests TOC RSS feeds
Normalises feeds (makes display more standardised)
Uses and presents the publishers’ feeds at the publishers’ feeds URLs
Aimed at all individual researchers
Other possible future uses of the ticTOCs technology
Display current TOCs for a library’s subscribed journals, and search across these TOCs
Data mashing between SUNCAT and ticTOCs
Aggregate other types of RSS feeds – e.g. Institutional Repositories new items on regional/subject basis
Or Calls for papers / Conference announcements / L&T resources / new patents / professional society news / new theses / etc
ticTOCs usage data
ticTOCs usage data is being used by the Gold Dust project to create Personal Interest Profiles to match with content from thousands of different types of RSS feeds to test autodiscovery of relevant material – Automated adaptive personalisation recommendation
What's Holding RSS Back? Consumers Still Don't Understand This Really Simple Technology, by Julie M. Katz Forrester Research report: http://www.micropersuasion.com/2008/10/rss-adoption-at.html
89% don't use RSS feeds, only 17% say they're interested in using them.
The trick is not just to teach people about the technology, but to use the technology to simplify access to relevant material.
"I predict RSS will become huge when, or if, more relevant services adopt it as invisible infrastructure ...“
“ I think the future for syndicated aggregation is massive."