Innovative Interfaces: making the most of the data we have

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Innovative Interfaces: making the most of the data we have

  1. 1. Innovative Interfaces Making the most of the data we have Winona Salesky | Digital Initiatives Librarian | The University of Vermont [email_address] | http:// cdi.uvm.edu / | http:// thedil.wordpress.com /
  2. 2. What role does metadata have a in a web 2.0 world?
  3. 5. More familiar sites
  4. 8. Where does the library fit in? <ul><li>“ Let’s face it — the obsession with which a library describes an item is second to none. ” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- Peter Murray Disruptive Library Technology Jester </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://dltj.org/2006/06/dis-ils/ </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 9. What does all that rich metadata look like to our users?
  6. 11. Limitations of traditional library interfaces <ul><li>Lack scan-ability </li></ul><ul><li>Limited search functionality </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult to create complex search strings </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult to manage large results sets </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult to make connections between related materials </li></ul><ul><li>Does not take advantage inherent flexibility of digital formats and the extensive nature of the metadata </li></ul>
  7. 12. Scan-ability <ul><li>Creates a hierarchy of importance by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grouping related items together </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Making important information look different </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Making clear distinctions between items </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide visual clues for site functionality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paying attention to white space </li></ul></ul>
  8. 14. Limited search functionality <ul><li>No spell check, or spelling suggest </li></ul><ul><li>No stemming </li></ul><ul><li>Limited to no relevance ranking </li></ul><ul><li>Little or no ability to refine results set </li></ul>
  9. 15. Additional limitations <ul><li>Difficult to create complex search strings </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult to manage large results sets </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult to make connections between related materials </li></ul><ul><li>Does not take advantage inherent flexibility of digital formats and the extensive nature of the metadata </li></ul>
  10. 16. Leveraging our metadata
  11. 17. Facets Topic Format Temporal Author Genre Geographic Area Facet: One of the sides of a body that has numerous faces. -OED, online
  12. 18. Some advantages of facets <ul><li>Increased avenues for discovery </li></ul><ul><li>Allows users to easily “build” complex searches </li></ul><ul><li>Prevent empty results sets </li></ul><ul><li>Integrates keyword searching with browse-ability </li></ul><ul><li>Always a visible “path” so users never feel lost </li></ul><ul><li>Allows users to expand and narrow results set </li></ul><ul><li>Easier to explore the true extent of the collection </li></ul><ul><li>Recognition over recall </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to add new facets, categories, or items </li></ul>
  13. 19. Some limitations of facets <ul><li>Use of facets will make inconstancies in metadata obvious to users. </li></ul><ul><li>Some facets become unmanageable with large results sets. </li></ul><ul><li>Facets work better on some fields than others. </li></ul>
  14. 20. Some examples: <ul><ul><li>Flamenco </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http:// flamenco.berkeley.edu / </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NCSU </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http:// www.lib.ncsu.edu /catalog/ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MyResearch Portal VuFind </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://research.library.villanova.edu/ http:// www.vufind.org / </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WorldCat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http:// www.worldcat.org / </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scriblio </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http:// lamson.wpopac.com /library/ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>UVM Center for Digital Initiatives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http:// cdi.uvm.edu / </li></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 27. Something a little different
  16. 28. An Innovative Interface <ul><li>http://well-formed- data.net/experiments/elastic_lists / </li></ul>
  17. 29. Other projects to keep an eye on: <ul><li>Blacklight </li></ul><ul><ul><li>University of Virginia </li></ul></ul><ul><li>eXtensible Catalog </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A University of Rochester/Mellon funded project </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Evergreen </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Open source ILS led by the Georgia Public Library Service </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Koha </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Open source ILS </li></ul></ul><ul><li>LibraryThing for libraries </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Providing tagging, reviews and more for integration with library catalogs. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>AquaBrowser </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A Medialab Solutions project </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Primo </li></ul><ul><ul><li>From Ex Libris </li></ul></ul>
  18. 30. Barriers to change <ul><li>Inflexible vendor based systems </li></ul><ul><li>Non-transparent data formats </li></ul><ul><li>Data inconsistencies </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of technological expertise on a library-by-library basis </li></ul>
  19. 31. Where to next?

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