MACON will address challenges involved in delivering quality academic content to mobile devices in a seamless and user-friendly manner. We will work with EBSCO, a major content and systems provider in order to prototype a mobile friendly resource discovery interface which will discover and expose quality academic content from both third party & local collections. The content includes many of the collections licensed by the Open University (OU) Library, the OU’s open research repository (ORO http://oro.open.ac.uk ) as well as content from the OAIster collection. We will make content from the OU open video and audio collections available through this interface & explore the challenges that this will bring.As access & authentication are major barriers to users wishing to access academic content on their mobile devices, we will create a mobile bookmarklet tool that will allow users to manage their access to licensed resources. Based on the experience from the project and the user feedback, we will develop evidence-based guidance (in the form of a toolkit) for content providers for optimising their content for delivery to small screens.
Increase the availability of quality academic content for mobile usersExplore and understand user requirements for the mobile delivery of academic content from both third party and local collectionsIdentify and document the risks and barriers involved in making academic content accessible to mobile devices.Develop and evaluate an interface for discovering and exposing quality academic content to users via small screen mobile devicesWork with EBSCO to develop and test a prototype system using a combination of open source software (Mobile Web from MIT) and the API from EBSCO Discovery Solution (EDS)Workpackage 2: Development & testing of the prototype mobile discovery interface. Following an initial period of requirements gathering that will aim to understand what aspects of content users want to be able to access on a mobile device as well as how, we will adapt and customise MIT’s open source Mobile Web project code and then implement the EDS API to prototype the mobiles optimised search interface for exposing both local and third party academic content. We will incorporate the recommendations feature developed as part of the RISE project. 23. We will recruit a small group of users to carry out usability testing on a range of different devices (from basic web-enabled phones to smart phones and high end touch screen phones like iPhone and Android based phones and small screen 5” or 7” tablets.). We will also make the prototype tool available via the Library website alongside the standard EDS search, and invite our mobile users to test it and give us feedback. Deliverables for workpackage 2A prototype discovery tool for delivery of academic content to mobile devicesDocumented detailed user requirementsA report on user feedback and usability, mapped to type of device usedRelease of the code through a suitable code repository such as Google Code.
The content includes many of the collections licensed by the Open University (OU) Library, the OU’s open research repository (ORO http://oro.open.ac.uk ) as well as content from the OAIster collection. We will make content from the OU open video and audio collections available through this interface & explore the challenges that this will bring.
Include open access Open University audio-visual collections in this system and identify and document the issues in accessing this type of content on mobile devicesWorkpackage 4: Exposing local audio and video content via the mobile discovery toolThe Open University is probably unique in the amount of valuable audio and video content it has generated, some of which is now openly available via iTunesU, for example. This workpackage will work with podcast.open.ac.uk and other content that has been exposed as Linked Data through the JISC funded LUCERO project to explore how audio and video content can be mobilised alongside discovery content. 29. Deliverables for workpackage 4Proof of concept of delivery of video content to mobile devices using the prototype tool.User testing Recommendations for further work in this areahttp://lucero-project.info/lb/
Produce a mobile bookmarklet tool to significantly reduce the authentication barriers for mobile users.Workpackage 3: Producing a mobile bookmarklet tool We will produce a simple mobile tool to help mobile users to connect to mobile content. The project will provide users with a mobile bookmarklet tool to help them to connect to content by linking them through the ezproxy system. (Figure 1) Figure 1: The systems diagram for the bookmarklet tool The concept of the tool would be that from the mobile interface, the user would enter the URL for a content provider’s website. The application will link to that website using ezproxy, ask the user to authenticate via the OU SAMS authentication system and then connect to the resource. The user will have the ability to bookmark each site within the application so they can return to the site without having to remember the URL, connect through ezproxy or enter their authentication details. The project will also investigate how this can be extended to include other authentication systems such as Athens and Shibboleth and individual password protected resources and will consult with the UK Access Management Federation. The project will produce a prototype ‘proof-of-concept’ code that will be shared with the community. Deliverables for workpackage 3A bookmarklet tool to allow users to manage their access to mobile contentPrototype ‘Proof-of-concept’ code and documentation made available through an appropriate code repository.http://www.ukfederation.org.uk/
Produce a ‘good practice’ toolkit for content providers, based on the experience of the projectWorkpackage 5: Development of a good practice toolkit for content providers concerning delivery to mobile devices We will draw on the evidence from this project, with particular emphasis on the user testing and user feedback, to produce a toolkit of good practice guidelines, hints and practical tips to help content providers who wish to optimise their content for delivery to mobile devices.31. Deliverables for workpackage 5A toolkit consisting of basic principles, guidelines and practical examples. A blog to accompany the toolkit, inviting users of the kit to share their experience and raise questions
Evaluate the prototype system to ascertain the usability and quality of the user experience. Workpackage 6: EvaluationWe will evaluate the project to enable us to increase understanding of the needs of mobile users, the extent to which a service such as the one we will prototype is able to meet needs and expectations and to enable us to pass on the lessons to both content and service providers. We will engage a group of active mobile users at an early stage in the project and will aim to work with them throughout the project to ensure that they can contribute to defining the user requirements and evaluating the tools produced. 33. Deliverables for Workpackage 6Project evaluation report
Disseminate the experience of the project though workshops, conference papers, journal articles and blogs.Workpackage 7: Dissemination and engagement with programmeThe project will undertake a programme of dissemination activities to engage with the community. These will include internal staff presentations within the OU Library and across the OU, wider activities such as a Library Seminar, and will look to promote the work at appropriate sector events and channels. MACON intends to use regular blog posts, on both the project blog and via the library news blog, to provide updates for the work and many of the project team members are active users of twitter so will promote the project using #OUMACON. The project looks forward to engaging with JISC programme events and is experienced at doing so with previous JISC projects such as Telstar and RISE. Throughout the project we will engage regularly with Strand 3 (the support project) to ensure that we share the lessons on an iterative basis, and staff time has been identified for this. 35. Deliverables for workpackage 7Project blog and project twitter tag #OUMACONLibrary internal dissemination activitiesOU Library SeminarParticipation in JISC Programme eventsPresentations and papers at appropriate dissemination opportunities, including Fourth M-Libraries Conference September 2012Promotion via library, OU and personal channelshttp://www.open.ac.uk/blogs/telstar/www.open.ac.uk/blogs/RISE
Macon - about the project
MaconMobilising Academic Content Online
Project overview• Mobile discovery interface• Mobile bookmarklet tool• Good practice toolkit• Evaluation
Mobile discovery interface• Prototype a discovery tool for delivery of academic content to mobile devices• Document detailed user requirements• Report on user feedback and usability, mapped to type of device used• Release the code through a suitable code repository such as Google Code.
Collections included• Subscription eResources• OU Open Research Repository – http://oro.open.ac.uk• Content from OAIster collection – http://www.oclc.org/oaister/• OU open video & audio collections – http://podcast.open.ac.uk
Exposing local audio and videocontent via the mobile discoverytool• Proof of concept of delivery of video content to mobile devices using the prototype tool.• User testing• Recommendations for further work in this area
Mobile bookmarklet tool• A bookmarklet tool to allow users to manage their access to mobile content• Prototype ‘Proof-of-concept’ code and documentation made available through an appropriate code repository.
Good practice toolkit• A toolkit consisting of basic principles, guidelines and practical examples.• A blog to accompany the toolkit, inviting users of the kit to share their experience and raise questions