The National Library of Australia's New Discovery Service

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Warwick Cathro's "The National Library of Australia's New Discovery Service" presentation from the RLG Partnership Annual Meeting, June 2, 2009.

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The National Library of Australia's New Discovery Service

  1. 1. The National Library of Australia’s new discovery service Annual RLG Partnership Meeting 2 June 2009 Warwick Cathro National Library of Australia
  2. 2. Here we are
  3. 3. NLA mandates • Build and manage the world’s best collection relating to “Australia” – containing both analog and digital resources • Provide researchers and the public with access to this collection • Facilitate national access to all Australian collections [eg by aggregating metadata] • Work with others in Australia and overseas [eg on policies, projects, standards, software]
  4. 4. Three major projects • “Dealing with the Digital Deluge” – Collaboration with National Archives, National Film & Sound Archive • “Getwise” – Gain Efficiencies Through Workflow Investigation and System Exploration • “Single Business Discovery Project”
  5. 5. “Facilitate access to Australian collections” • Libraries Australia – bibliographic utility (since 1981) – holdings now synchronised with WorldCat • Free discovery services: – Picture Australia – Music Australia – Australian Research Online – Australian Newspapers Beta – PANDORA search service – others
  6. 6. Picture Australia
  7. 7. Music Australia
  8. 8. Australian Research Online
  9. 9. Australian Newspapers Beta
  10. 10. These are legacy systems • All developed in-house • Mostly based on TeraText from SAIC • Our direction is to integrate these services and move them to SOLR/Lucene platform
  11. 11. IT Architecture report • Released March 2007 • http://www.nla.gov.au/dsp/documents/itag.pdf • Service Oriented Architecture • Single Business approach • Changed emphasis on open source
  12. 12. The Prototype • Library Labs wiki • Discovery prototype
  13. 13. Data for the discovery service • Australian library catalogues • Full text of digitised items • Full text of web archives • Metadata from university repositories • Metadata describing digitised pictures • Journal article metadata • Finding aids and summaries
  14. 14. Some technical details • Developed by NLA Project Team using: – Java programming language – SOLR/Lucene for indexing – MySQL for record clustering – Jetty and Restlets as the HTTP container – Freemarker as the templating language
  15. 15. Why not Google? • Are trying unsuccessfully to get Google to harvest 100% of our metadata • We want to preference Australian collections in the ranking • We want the user to experience our facets, delivery interfaces, annotation interfaces
  16. 16. What’s next? • Absorb comments, feedback • Implement in late October 2009 – Decommission some of the legacy services • Priority improvements to the Australian Newspapers view • Major extension to expand access to journal articles and e-resources (TBC)
  17. 17. Questions?

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