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Overview of Federated Searching
Presented by:
Peter Kanehiro
LIS 672:
Technology for Libraries &
Information Centers (Fall...
Outline
• What’s Federated Searching?
• Selection: What to Look for
• UH Libraries, HSPLS
• Representative Products
• Demo...
What’s Federated Searching? (1)
• Federated Search:
“A search for information using software designed
to query multiple ne...
What’s Federated Searching? (2)
• Search scope: expanded
– OPACs (local, remote), databases (abstracting, full
text), digi...
What’s Federated Searching? (3)
“[Database searchers] don’t go to see if another
database might have more and/or better
re...
What’s Federated Searching? (4)
How can the search burden be
eased?
6
Selection: What to Look for
• Library administrator’s perspective
– Administration module’s capabilities
– Hosting
– Prici...
8
UH Libraries, HSPLS (1)
• 2 local library systems in Hawaii
– Relevant to UHM students
– Easily accessible
8
UH Libraries, HSPLS (2)
• UH: LibraryFind (planned)
• HSPLS: Web Feat
9
Representative Products (1)
• WebFeat Express
– Vendor: WebFeat
(http://www.webfeat.org/index.htm)
– Key characteristics: ...
Demo: OSU LibraryFind (1)
• Type: “an open source metasearch application
developed by librarians for libraries, built with...
Demo: OSU LibraryFind (2)
• Support resources (libraryfind.org)
– Blog-like online discussion
– Documentation
– Downloads
...
Demo: OSU LibraryFind (3)
13
Search box
http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/
13
Demo: OSU LibraryFind (4)
Sort by:
Relevance
Author (A-Z)
Date (newest 1st
)
Author (Z-A)
Date (oldest 1st
)
Refine result...
Demo: OSU LibraryFind (5)
(format) Title
Author
Content description
Year Publisher, other facts of publication
Citation Sa...
Demo: OSU LibraryFind (6)
[Article] Title
Citation Save This ItemFull Abstract
Short abstract or other information (e.g., ...
Conclusion
• Convenient
– Easy to use: single interface
– Saves time: searches multiple sources
simultaneously
• Products
...
References
• “Federated Search.” Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federated_search#cite_note-0 (accessed
November 19...
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Attention!
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  1. 1. Overview of Federated Searching Presented by: Peter Kanehiro LIS 672: Technology for Libraries & Information Centers (Fall 2009) Dr. Luz M. Quiroga University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa November 25, 2009 1
  2. 2. Outline • What’s Federated Searching? • Selection: What to Look for • UH Libraries, HSPLS • Representative Products • Demo: OSU LibraryFind • Conclusion • References 2
  3. 3. What’s Federated Searching? (1) • Federated Search: “A search for information using software designed to query multiple networked information resources via single interface.” - Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science http://lu.com/odlis/odlis_f.cfm 3
  4. 4. What’s Federated Searching? (2) • Search scope: expanded – OPACs (local, remote), databases (abstracting, full text), digital repositories, WWW (including “deep Web”) • Software: federated search engine – Standardized protocol (Z39.50, SRW/SRU, MXG) • Results presentation: uniform interface – Ranking: software feature that weights records by the degree to which they meet the query’s requirements – Deduping: removal of all but 1 occurrence of a record 4
  5. 5. What’s Federated Searching? (3) “[Database searchers] don’t go to see if another database might have more and/or better results…. Most give up and angrily leave…. They’ll go to Google….” – Dr. Péter Jácso 5 http://www2.hawaii.edu/~jacso/
  6. 6. What’s Federated Searching? (4) How can the search burden be eased? 6
  7. 7. Selection: What to Look for • Library administrator’s perspective – Administration module’s capabilities – Hosting – Pricing • User’s perspective – Interface – Search progress indicator – Results display 7
  8. 8. 8 UH Libraries, HSPLS (1) • 2 local library systems in Hawaii – Relevant to UHM students – Easily accessible 8
  9. 9. UH Libraries, HSPLS (2) • UH: LibraryFind (planned) • HSPLS: Web Feat 9
  10. 10. Representative Products (1) • WebFeat Express – Vendor: WebFeat (http://www.webfeat.org/index.htm) – Key characteristics: compatible with 9K dBs, native results, customizable, sort options, exportability • WebFeat Enterprise (multi-library version): – Key characteristic: multiple access profiles, multiple library use tracking, multi-library authentication 10
  11. 11. Demo: OSU LibraryFind (1) • Type: “an open source metasearch application developed by librarians for libraries, built with Ruby on Rails.” • Developer: Oregon State University libraries • Features: – Open URL resolver – Ability to locally index collections – Web-based administration – 3-tiered caching system (improves search speed) – Customizable user interface • http://libraryfind.org/ 11
  12. 12. Demo: OSU LibraryFind (2) • Support resources (libraryfind.org) – Blog-like online discussion – Documentation – Downloads Community ThreadSubjectAuthorDate 12
  13. 13. Demo: OSU LibraryFind (3) 13 Search box http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/ 13
  14. 14. Demo: OSU LibraryFind (4) Sort by: Relevance Author (A-Z) Date (newest 1st ) Author (Z-A) Date (oldest 1st ) Refine results: Material types Subjects Authors Databases Search results 14
  15. 15. Demo: OSU LibraryFind (5) (format) Title Author Content description Year Publisher, other facts of publication Citation Save This Item More from ‘OCLC WorldCat’ Book record 15
  16. 16. Demo: OSU LibraryFind (6) [Article] Title Citation Save This ItemFull Abstract Short abstract or other information (e.g., availability). Article record 16
  17. 17. Conclusion • Convenient – Easy to use: single interface – Saves time: searches multiple sources simultaneously • Products – Fit institution’s capabilities/budget • Commercial • Open source 17
  18. 18. References • “Federated Search.” Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federated_search#cite_note-0 (accessed November 19, 2009). • Hawaii State Public Library System http://wfxsearch.webfeat.org/wfsearch/menu?cid=10134 (accessed November 22, 2009). • Jacso, Peter. “Thoughts about Federated Searching.” Information Today 21, issue 9: 17-20 http://eres.library.manoa.hawaii.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx? direct=true&db=lxh&AN=14656508&site=ehost-live (accessed November 19, 2009). • Kochtanek, Thomas R. and Joseph R. Matthews. Library Information Systems: From Library Automation to Distributed Information Access Solutions. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2002. • Lederman, Sol. “Federated Search Finds Content that Google Can’t Reach Part I of III.” Alt Search Engines http://www.altsearchengines.com/2009/01/11/federated-search-finds-content-that-google-cant-reach- part-i-of-iii/ (accessed November 19, 2009). • LibraryFind http://libraryfind.org/home (accessed November 21, 2009). • Linoski, Alexis and Tine Walczyk. “Federated Search 101.” Library Journal Volume 133 (Summer 2008) http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6571320.html (accessed November 19, 2009). • Oregon State University. http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/ (accessed November 21, 2009). • Reitz, J. M. ODLIS: Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science http://lu.com/odlis/odlis_f.cfm (accessed November 20, 2009). • WebFeat http://www.webfeat.org/index.htm (accessed November 22, 2009). • Webster, Peter M. “Challenges for Federated Searching.” Internet Reference Services Quarterly 12, issue 3 / 4 (2007): 357-68 http://eres.library.manoa.hawaii.edu/login? url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lxh&AN=27265315&site=ehost-live (accessed November 21, 2009). 18
  19. 19. 19 Thank You for Your Attention! 19

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