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What's in a Name?

  1. 1. Names Project Amanda Hill Hillbraith Ltd.
  2. 2. Background <ul><li>JISC Repositories Programmes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Funding UK institutional repositories since 2002 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>March 2003: 6 repositories, 7,000 items </li></ul><ul><li>July 2008: 98 such repositories </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Holding over 350,000 items 1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 OpenDOAR registry ( , 22 July 2008 </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. February 2008
  4. 4. June 2008
  5. 5. July 2008
  6. 6. Familiar problem <ul><li>Author names are entered as items are deposited (in many different forms) </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple forms of name for same individual -> retrieval of partial results (low recall) </li></ul><ul><li>Different individuals with similar names -> retrieval of non-relevant results (loss of precision) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Cross-repository <ul><li>Possible for an individual repository to improve its metadata </li></ul><ul><li>When information is combined from a range of repositories, the situation worsens again </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Intute Repository Search </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Names <ul><li>Investigating potential for a name authority service for repositories, to aid with: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Metadata creation as part of submission process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Precise and comprehensive retrieval of items created by individuals across repositories </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Scope of prototype: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Names of people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Names of institutions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Project partners: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>British Library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mimas, The University of Manchester </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Names <ul><li>Two phases </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scoping </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prototype building </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Expert Panel
  11. 11. Scoping Phase <ul><ul><li>Landscape Report October 2007 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Requirements Report February 2008 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Data Analysis Report April 2008 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mappings against FRAD 1 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Software Requirements Spec. July 2008 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>1 International Federation of Library Associations, Functional Requirements for Authority Records (2007) </li></ul>
  12. 12. Prototype Building (1) <ul><li>Building database based on FRAD data model </li></ul><ul><li>Creating basic records for UK institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Devising unique identifier system </li></ul><ul><li>Creating initial set of records for individuals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Zetoc </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PubMed Central </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Simpson, T. - Graham, B. 005.1 SOFTWARE ENGINEERING JOURNAL Towards a verified MiniSML/SECD system Birtwistle, G. Tofts, C. 003.3 ACM TRANSACTIONS ON MODELING AND COMPUTER SIMULATION A Denotational Semantics for a Process-Based Simulation Language Birtwistle, G. Tofts, C. 600 HP LABORATORIES TECHNICAL REPORT HPL Operational Semantics of DEMOS 2000 Birtwistle, G. Siddiqui, N. - O'Malley, A. - McColl, J. C. 687 JOURNAL OF FASHION MARKETING AND MANAGEMENT Retailer and consumer perceptions of online fashion retailers: Web site design issues Birtwistle, G. Moore, C. M. 658.87 INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF RETAIL AND DISTRIBUTION MANAGEMENT The Burberry business model: creating an international luxury fashion brand Birtwistle, G. Moore, C. M. - Burt, S. 658.8 EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF MARKETING Channel power, conflict and conflict resolution in international fashion retailing Birtwistle, G. Co-authors DDC Journal title Article title Author
  14. 16. Prototype Building (2) <ul><li>Registration system to allow individuals to claim their data and add and amend the information held about themselves </li></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. institutional affiliations over time </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Interfaces for use by repositories and other services </li></ul>
  15. 17. Planned features of Names service <ul><li>Unique identity number for individuals and institutions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>People may have more than one identity number (pseudonyms) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>All forms of name are of equal status </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No ‘preferred term’ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Authors will be able to update information about themselves and choose what data is made available to others </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Best way to avoid data protection/privacy issues </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Repositories will be able to query or harvest the database </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To help their users enter consistent metadata </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cross-repository search services will be able to use unique identifiers to retrieve information from different sources </li></ul>
  16. 18. More information <ul><li>Project website: </li></ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Phone: +1 613 394 0259 </li></ul>

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