Building the Mother of All Collections: the future of the National Library's discovery services

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A presentation (November 2007) on the plans of the National Library of Australia to build a new integrated national discovery service.

A presentation (November 2007) on the plans of the National Library of Australia to build a new integrated national discovery service.

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  • 1. Building the Mother of all Collections: the future of the National Library’s discovery services Warwick Cathro Assistant Director-General, Innovation National Library of Australia
  • 2. National Library role
    • Collecting, access, coordination roles
    • Strong focus on national discovery services
    • Support for research
    • Strong interest in participating in research infrastructure development
  • 3. Our medium term direction
    • Build digital collections
      • web archives
      • newspaper and other “industrial scale” digitisation
    • Restructure national discovery services
    • Be involved in ANDS
      • such as support for a National Persistent Identifier Service (if selected)
  • 4. Restructuring the national discovery services
    • Implement a Service Oriented Architecture
      • move to discrete, loosely coupled, shareable, functional service components
      • use a “service framework” based on the JISC/DEST e-Framework
    • Establish a virtually integrated “national metadata store”
      • “ collection views” of that store
      • manage the national discovery service in an integrated way
  • 5. Our goals
    • For users:
      • provide access to a wider and more coherent set of data which exposes Australian collections
      • improve the search experience
    • For the National Library:
      • maintain discovery services more effectively
      • IT Architecture Group report:
        • http://www.nla.gov.au/dsp/documents/itag.pdf
  • 6. The problem: silos NBD RAAM Picture Australia People Australia ARROW Newspapers Music Australia Pandora Journals NLA Catalogue
  • 7. High level model Discovery Service Authentication Service Search Service Annotation Service Request Service Newspapers View Journals View Pictures View Music View National metadata store
  • 8. Content of the national metadata store
    • Full text indexes:
      • national digital newspaper collection
      • other digitised full text content (books, journals ...)
      • oral history transcripts
      • national web archives (PANDORA, whole domain harvest)
      • biographical information
    • Metadata:
      • Australian National Bibliographic Database
      • journal indexing data
      • finding aids
      • pictures metadata
  • 9. What it might look like In Australian libraries Online Australian All Newspapers Journals Pictures Maps more >> Advanced search Preferences TM National Discovery Service In my libraries
  • 10. What makes it unique
    • A place for Australians to start a search that:
      • enables Australians to understand ourselves and our place in the world
      • gives prominence to information in Australia’s collecting institutions
      • is seen as authoritative, impartial, non-commercial
  • 11. Types of collection view
    • Format views:
      • Books, Journals, Newspapers, Theses, Pictures, Film & video, Music scores, Audio, Maps, Archives & manuscripts, Data sets, Web archives
    • Topic views
      • People, Places, Concepts , Events
    • “Specialisations”
      • Disciplines (history, music, ...)
      • Contexts (eg “research outputs”)
  • 12. Displaying the views
  • 13. Newspaper view
  • 14. Collection view: Journals
    • Information about all Australian journals
      • including library holdings
    • External targets
      • Google Scholar
      • Informit indexes and full text
      • ERA (Electronic Resources Australia) targets
    • APAIS and AMI indexing data
      • business model transition
    • Potential for incorporating digitised text from out-of-copyright journals
  • 15. Defining a “Research View”
    • Would encompass several formats:
      • scholarly books, journal articles, pre-prints, theses, data sets ...
    • Data harvested from university repositories
    • Downstream harvesting by Google Scholar and other aggregators
    • External targets:
      • Google Scholar itself
      • Future ANDS Discovery Service
      • Data sets in the ABS National Data Network
  • 16. The NLA and ANDS
    • ANDS service providers not known for several months
    • NLA might provide some Utilities Program services
    • In any case data sets, theses etc. could be external targets for our discovery service
    • Relationship of ARROW Discovery Service to ANDS Utilities Program
  • 17. Collection Services Registry
    • Included in vision of ANDS Utilities Program
    • Will support discovery:
      • facilitate selection of targets for federated search
      • describe services
      • machine/machine capabilities
    • Prototype ORCA Registry
  • 18. Example 1
  • 19. Example 2
  • 20. Where are we up to?
    • Formed an internal “Business Integration Taskforce”
    • Is developing a prototype of new discovery service
    • Have started to develop some service framework components (eg Harvest)
    • We envisage a staged transition to the new model:
      • Stage 1 may involve the NBD (Libraries Australia free search service), newspaper data, people data