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Introduction to discovery layers- June 23b

  1. 1. Introduction to Discovery Interfaces<br />Toronto, June 23rd, 2011<br />Andornot Consulting Inc.<br />1<br />
  2. 2. What is a Discovery interface?<br />Simplest iteration:<br />An alternate or Next-Gen interface to your catalog or other database search interface<br />Other options:<br />Include information on holdings and circulation status etc. from your ILS<br />Search multiple different content types through one interface<br />2<br />
  3. 3. Why is a different interface needed?<br />3<br />Popular websites:<br />Amazon<br />Home Depot<br />Etsy<br />NASA Images<br />
  4. 4. Traditional ILS OPACs<br />Toronto Public Library<br />Classic<br />Discovery Interface<br />4<br />
  5. 5. What do these new web interfaces have in common?<br />Facets <br />Did you mean? Handling of misspellings<br />Deconcatenation<br />Add to list/favorites<br />Book cover images, record type icons<br />Social media options <br />Reviews & ratings<br />Related material suggestions <br />5<br />
  6. 6. What about existing ILS vendors?<br />Limited introduction of discovery features<br />Alternatives<br />API provided by the vendor<br />Z39.50<br />Direct queries against ILS tables<br />Libraries therefore turning to different vendors or open source solutions for OPAC<br />Usually do not need to migrate data – can continue to use existing system for library administrative functions<br />6<br />
  7. 7. Library Discovery interfaces<br />Rapidly gaining in popularity in academic and public libraries<br /><br />7<br />
  8. 8. Implementations from Library Technology Guides<br />Leading commercial vendors:<br />AquaBrowser (370)<br />BiblioCommons (127)<br />ExLibris Primo (106)<br />SirsiDynix Enterprise (128)<br />Summon (55)<br />Leading open source products:<br />Blacklight (3)<br />VuFind (79)<br />8<br />
  9. 9. Local implementations<br />Ontario<br />Toronto Public Library – Summon?<br />University of Toronto – Summon?<br />York University – VuFind<br />Ottawa Public Library - BiblioCommons<br />University of Ottawa – Endeca<br />BC<br />UBC – Summon on top of Voyager<br />VPL – BiblioCommons<br />Alberta<br />University of Alberta - WorldCat<br />University of Calgary - Summon<br />9<br />
  10. 10. Why consider a discovery interface?<br />Functionality that end users now expect<br />Search versus Discovery <br />Cater to both needs<br />Precise versus Serendipity<br />Time to get rid of silos<br />Librarians like to create separate interfaces – users find them confusing<br />Allow users to refine after search, not before<br />Develop with end user in mind!<br />10<br />
  11. 11. Status check<br />Where are the corporate or special library or archives implementations?<br />Minimal mention at conferences eg. SLA, CALL, CHLA, ACA<br />Most commercial solutions hosted in US<br />Possible security implications?<br />Shared indexes<br />Confidential information<br />Cost and IT support requirements an issue<br />11<br />
  12. 12. Open source solutions supported by Andornot<br />Based on Solr<br />an open source search server based on Lucene<br />powers major websites such as the White House, LinkedIn, CNET, Yelp, Trove etc.<br />1. Custom implementations<br />Unique or very specialized applications<br />2. VuFind<br />primarily bibliographic data, but some archival and museums<br />12<br />
  13. 13. VuFind<br />Developed by Villanova University Library near Philadelphia<br />Beta release in June 2007<br />Version 1.1 released March 2011<br />Designed as a next generation library catalog<br />Implemented in over 70 libraries worldwide<br />Various usability studies with glowing reviews<br />Very active developer community<br />Demo<br />13<br />
  14. 14. Non – bibliographic data<br />Growing support in VuFind for metadata standards other than MARC<br />Archival data (EAD)<br />Photo collections (Dublin Core)<br />Museum artifacts<br />Record drivers <br />Create new ones for different record types<br />14<br />
  15. 15. Notable VuFind sites<br />National Library of Australia<br />National Library of Ireland<br />HathiTrust<br />London School of Economics<br />Auburn University<br />York University<br />Yale Digital Commons<br />Catholic Research Resources Alliance<br />(From<br />15<br />
  16. 16. Features of VuFind<br />Faceted browsing<br />Date ranges<br />Material Types<br />Language<br />Deconcatenating subject headings & call numbers<br />Did you mean? / Spelling corrections <br />Traditional options<br />Alphabetic browsing and keyword searching <br />Advanced search<br />Related material<br />16<br />
  17. 17. Features of VuFind (2)<br />Mobile search interface<br />Comments, reviews and tags<br />Patron created usernames / passwords login<br />Saved searches <br />RSS feeds<br />Multilingual interface<br />Statistics on user searches to highlight what users are looking for, and perhaps not finding<br />17<br />
  18. 18. Ability to integrate external content<br />Google Books for covers etc.<br />LibraryThing for reviews<br />Wikipedia for author biographies<br />Hathi Trust for full text<br />Google Scholar<br />Amazon reviews<br />Commercial providers – Syndetic Solutions<br />18<br />
  19. 19. Import options<br />MARC <br />XML<br />DB/TextWorks<br />Access<br />FileMaker<br />Almost any other system<br />Extract full-text from Word docs, PDFs, etc.<br />19<br />
  20. 20. Export / harvesting options<br />Available already in VuFind – export to:<br />RefWorks<br />EndNote<br />Zotero<br />OAI-PMH Harvester and server<br />PHP-based utility to harvest content from OAI-PMH data providers<br />Automated sitemap generation for indexing by search engines<br />20<br />
  21. 21. Advanced options<br />Inclusion of information on holdings and circulation status etc. from your ILS<br />Some web services already written, eg. for Voyager, Innovative, Aleph, VTLS<br />Requesting or reserving items<br />21<br />
  22. 22. Federated search<br />More complex iteration to add other data sources such as licensed content:<br />Serials Solutions / Ebscohost etc.<br />Provides single search across catalog and journal articles.<br />Add other source data to index.<br />Extract from other database software Inmagic, FileMaker, Access, ContentDM, Excel<br />22<br />
  23. 23. If VuFind is open source why can’t clients implement it themselves?<br />Relatively simple to set up assuming some knowledge of <br />Linux / Ubunto or Apache / MySQL / PHP<br />Solr<br />MARC<br />XSLT’s<br />Learning curve to configure and customize<br />Similar consulting model to LibLime & Bywater Solutions for other open source software such as Koha and Evergreen<br />23<br />
  24. 24. What costs are involved?<br />Underlying VuFind software is open source:<br />no cost to purchase<br />no ongoing maintenance fees<br />Cost for Andornot assistance based on requirements:<br />Hosted or own server?<br />Data source or sources?<br />Configuration options<br />Support plan level<br />24<br />
  25. 25. 25<br />Contact us for more information:<br /><br />604-269-2525 / 1-866-266-2525<br />