IILI2009: Exploiting Usage Data
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Dave Pattern's (University of Huddersfield) presentation given at the Mitchell Library on the 22nd October 2009 as part opf the 9th Annual E-Books Conference.

Dave Pattern's (University of Huddersfield) presentation given at the Mitchell Library on the 22nd October 2009 as part opf the 9th Annual E-Books Conference.

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IILI2009: Exploiting Usage Data IILI2009: Exploiting Usage Data Presentation Transcript

  • I Know What You Borrowed Last Summer Exploiting Usage Data in an Academic Library Dave Pattern Library Systems Manager University of Huddersfield, UK [email_address] www.daveyp.com
  • Preamble
    • More information about this presentation…
      • daveyp.com/ili2009/
    • Please remix and reuse these slides!
      • creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0
    • Have you remembered to switch your phone on?
      • please feel free take photos, record audio, live blog, tweet (@daveyp, #ili2009), etc
  • University of Huddersfield Library
    • Medium sized UK University
      • 20,000 students and 2,000 staff
      • Library holds over 240,000 books
    • Current LMS/ILS Horizon installed in 1996
      • over 3 million borrowing (“circ”) transactions stored in the DB
  • Suggestions based on circ data “people who borrowed this…”
  • Borrowing profile average loans per month average number of book loans per month
  • Feature usage “people who borrowed this…” average number of clicks per month on “people who borrowed this” suggestions
  • Getting personal! suggestions for what to borrow next
  • Building better new book lists course specific RSS feeds
  • The impact on borrowing range of stock borrowed per year number of unique titles (bib#) borrowed per calendar year (2009 figure is predicted) ? borrowing suggestions added to catalogue at start of 2006
  • The impact on borrowing average number of books borrowed average number of books borrowed per active borrower per calendar year (2009 predicted)
  • Catalogue keyword searches keyword cloud eye candy…
  • Catalogue keyword searches guided searches
    • http://library.hud.ac.uk/usagedata/
      • prompted by the JISC Tile Project
      • aggregated usage data for 2 million circulation transactions, covering around 80,000 book titles
      • recommendation data for over 37,000 titles
      • simple XML format
      • Open Data Commons / CC0 licence
    Library usage data release “if you love something, set it free…”
    • Data released on 12th Dec 2008…
    • … 2 days later, Patrick Murray-John at University of Mary Washington converts the data to RDF! 
      • Patrick’s blog post at http://bit.ly/noJD
      • Talis podcast at http://bit.ly/z6yjF
    Library usage data release “if you love something, set it free…”
  • Library usage data release “if you love something, set it free…”
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  • JISC MOSAIC Project http://bit.ly/jiscmosaic
  • JISC MOSAIC Project developer competition
  • JISC MOSAIC Project developer competition
  • JISC MOSAIC Project developer competition
  • In summary…
    • At Huddersfield, exploited usage data is helping to change borrowing habits
    • Are libraries prepared to let go of their data?
    • “Raw data now!” – Sir Tim Berners-Lee
      • TED speech, March 2009 (http://bit.ly/q9sR)
  • Final recommendations…
    • Capture as much usage data as you can …even if you don’t have a use for it now!
    • Whenever possible, release aggregated or anonymised versions of the data
      • try to use a Creative Commons Zero or Open Data Commons licence to encourage re-use
      • don’t be a “data hugger”! 