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Project Lefty More Bang For The Search Buck


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Project Lefty is a proposed search system that, at a minimum, adds a layer on top of traditional federated search tools that will make the wait for results more worthwhile for researchers.

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Project Lefty More Bang For The Search Buck

  1. 1. PROJECT LEFTY Ken Varnum University of Michigan Library 12 April 2010
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Project Lefty as submitted to Deep Web Technologies Federated Search contest </li></ul><ul><li>Working prototype based on the concept </li></ul>
  3. 3. RIGHT Database <ul><li>Based on query </li></ul><ul><li>Select appropriate targets to search </li></ul>
  4. 4. RIGHT Query <ul><li>Depending on target </li></ul><ul><li>Pick the right query to use </li></ul>
  5. 5. RIGHT Academic Level <ul><li>We can know a lot about our patrons </li></ul><ul><li>Registrar’s data </li></ul><ul><li>Previous searching history </li></ul><ul><li>Academic status </li></ul>
  6. 6. PROJECT LEFTY <ul><li>WHY? </li></ul>Because three rights make a left
  7. 7. But Seriously <ul><li>Started 18 months ago </li></ul><ul><li>Before age of ‘web scale discovery’ </li></ul><ul><li>Make wait for results more worthwhile </li></ul><ul><li>Curiosity </li></ul><ul><li>Does one size fit all? </li></ul><ul><li>Do personalized results get the patron anywhere? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Prototype <ul><li>Worked with 6 subject specialists </li></ul><ul><li>Developed a prototype that </li></ul><ul><li>Knows courses you’ve taken or taught </li></ul><ul><li>Intuits subject domains to search in </li></ul><ul><li>Focuses query to suit </li></ul>
  9. 9. Results <ul><li>“ You get fewer results, but they’re better” </li></ul><ul><li>Music subject specialist </li></ul>
  10. 10. Sample Searches <ul><li>Search for ‘depression’ as </li></ul><ul><li>Undergrad history major </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching Assistant in economics </li></ul><ul><li>Graduate student in psychology </li></ul>
  11. 11. Undeclared Undergraduate
  12. 12. Graduate Student in Economics
  13. 13. Graduate Student in Psychology
  14. 14. How <ul><li>Prototype as shown uses the Summon API </li></ul><ul><li>Seeded with lists of journals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Novice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advanced </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Searching, but not custom results, works on Metalib’s X-Server </li></ul><ul><li>Next steps -- mapping query to subject domains </li></ul>
  15. 15. Credits <ul><li>Judy Yu (Developer) </li></ul><ul><li>Albert Bertram (Lead Developer) </li></ul><ul><li>John Law & Andrew Nagy at Summon </li></ul><ul><li>Library Subject Specialists </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Beau Case </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paul Grochowski </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jennifer Nason Davis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Marisa Conte </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pam Mackintosh </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scott Martin </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Thank You Ken Varnum Web Systems Manager Univ. of Michigan Library Email [email_address] Twitter @varnum Blog Library Site MLibrary Technology Blog