Building the Mother of all Collections: the future of the National Library’s discovery services     Warwick Cathro Assista...
National Library role <ul><li>Collecting, access, coordination roles </li></ul><ul><li>Strong focus on national discovery ...
Our medium term direction <ul><li>Build digital collections </li></ul><ul><ul><li>web archives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>...
Restructuring the national discovery services <ul><li>Implement a Service Oriented Architecture </li></ul><ul><ul><li>move...
Our goals <ul><li>For users: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>provide access to a wider and more coherent set of data which exposes A...
The problem: silos NBD RAAM Picture Australia People Australia ARROW Newspapers Music Australia Pandora Journals NLA Catal...
High level model Discovery Service Authentication Service Search Service Annotation Service Request Service Newspapers  Vi...
Content of the national metadata store <ul><li>Full text indexes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>national digital newspaper collect...
What it might look like In Australian libraries Online Australian All   Newspapers   Journals   Pictures   Maps   more >> ...
What makes it unique <ul><li>A place for Australians to start a search that: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>enables Australians to ...
Types of collection view <ul><li>Format views: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Books, Journals, Newspapers, Theses, Pictures, Film &...
Displaying the views
Newspaper view
Collection view: Journals <ul><li>Information about all Australian journals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>including library holdin...
Defining a “Research View” <ul><li>Would encompass several formats: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>scholarly books, journal article...
The NLA and ANDS <ul><li>ANDS service providers not known for several months </li></ul><ul><li>NLA might provide some Util...
Collection Services Registry <ul><li>Included in vision of ANDS Utilities Program </li></ul><ul><li>Will support discovery...
Example 1
Example 2
Where are we up to? <ul><li>Formed an internal “Business Integration Taskforce” </li></ul><ul><li>Is developing a prototyp...
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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.

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

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

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