Trove: More Than a Treasure? ALIA Conference Presentation 2010 Brisbane by Rose Holley


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Describes the innovative development of Trove at the National Library of Australia. Trove is a search engine for Australians about Australians. It contains 90 million items from over 1000 contributing organisations.

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Trove: More Than a Treasure? ALIA Conference Presentation 2010 Brisbane by Rose Holley

  1. 1. <ul><li>Rose Holley: Trove Manager </li></ul><ul><li>Resource Sharing and Innovation </li></ul><ul><li>National Library of Australia </li></ul><ul><li>ALIA Conference, Brisbane </li></ul><ul><li>1-3 September 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Trove: More than a treasure? </li></ul><ul><li>How finding information just became easier </li></ul>[email_address]
  2. 2. NLA Strategic Directions 2009-2011 <ul><li>“ We will explore new models for creating and sharing information and for collecting materials, including supporting the creation of knowledge by our users . “ </li></ul><ul><li>“ The changing expectations of users that they will not be passive receivers of information, but rather contributors and participants in information services.” </li></ul>
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  4. 4. Content sources <ul><li>Australian Collaborative Services </li></ul><ul><li>ANBD – 1000 libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Pandora - websites </li></ul><ul><li>ARO - Research </li></ul><ul><li>RAAM - Archives </li></ul><ul><li>Picture Australia </li></ul><ul><li>Australian Newspapers </li></ul><ul><li>Open sources </li></ul><ul><li>Open Library (Internet Archive) </li></ul><ul><li>Hathi Trust </li></ul><ul><li>OAISTER </li></ul><ul><li>Targets – websites </li></ul><ul><li>Amazon </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia </li></ul><ul><li>Google Books/Videos </li></ul><ul><li>Flickr </li></ul>90 million items
  5. 5. Methods of data collection <ul><li>Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Galleries </li></ul><ul><li>Museums </li></ul><ul><li>Archives </li></ul><ul><li>(Deep web hidden in collection databases…) </li></ul><ul><li>Open Archives Initiative (OAI) </li></ul><ul><li>Application Programmers Interface (API) </li></ul><ul><li>FTP/HTTP </li></ul><ul><li>Sitemaps </li></ul>
  6. 6. IT Development <ul><li>The ‘art of with’ Charles Leadbeater </li></ul><ul><li>Not to people </li></ul><ul><li>Not for people </li></ul><ul><li>WITH PEOPLE (USERS) </li></ul><ul><li>Public feedback drives the development: </li></ul><ul><li>CRITICAL, RELEVANT, INTERESTING </li></ul>
  7. 7. browse groups/ zones Single search Restrict search
  8. 8. Refine/limit search results groups/zones results Get item
  9. 9. Grouping of versions Get options
  10. 10. Buy Add tag Add comment merge/split versions and works if incorrect
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  16. 16. person information
  17. 17. minimise expand
  18. 18. Minimised zones
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  21. 21. Context – Tools - Lists
  22. 22. Burke and Wills List
  23. 23. User generated content By Nomad Tales
  24. 24. Flexigel
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  26. 26. Search or browse – date, state, title
  27. 27. Limit Results
  28. 28. Show activity in results RSS feeds
  29. 29. Interaction at article level
  30. 30. Fix text – power edit mode
  31. 31. Show all corrections
  32. 32. Hall of Fame Total of 17 million lines corrected July 2010
  33. 33. User profile Your settings and history
  34. 34. History
  35. 35. User Forum
  36. 36. 10,000 an hour
  37. 37. Trove activity in an average day August 2010: Searching peaks at 11,000 per hour, text correction at 9,000 lines per hour, average number of unique users per day is 10,000.
  38. 38. Family historians Librarians Recreational researchers students
  39. 39. Important <ul><li>Connections </li></ul><ul><li>Linkages </li></ul><ul><li>Related </li></ul><ul><li>Context </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Re-purposing </li></ul><ul><li>Mashing </li></ul><ul><li>Adding </li></ul><ul><li>Giving users </li></ul><ul><li>Access to resources </li></ul><ul><li>Tools to do stuff </li></ul><ul><li>Freedom and choices </li></ul><ul><li>Ways to work collaboratively together </li></ul>
  40. 40. Trove: Future developments <ul><ul><li>Updating content – existing contributors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expanding content – new contributors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing content – API </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improving e-journal access and authentication </li></ul></ul>
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  42. 42. Trove dependant on… <ul><li>Collaboration across cultural heritage institutions (digitisation, storage, service delivery, crowdsourcing, standards). </li></ul><ul><li>Data sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Being ‘open’ e.g. OAI, API’s </li></ul><ul><li>Changing institutional strategic thinking from power/control to freedom </li></ul><ul><li>New ideas and revisiting old ideas </li></ul>
  43. 43. [email_address] Harriet Rubin Libraries need to think they are leading a mass movement, not just serving a clientele….. Charles Leadbeater Freedom is actually a bigger game than power. Power is about what you can control. Freedom is about what you can unleash…