Web Scale Discovery Systems – How to assess the best solution

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The University of São Paulo has been experiencing the increase in contents in electronic and digital formats, distributed by different suppliers and hosted remotely or in clouds, and is faced with the also increasing difficulties related to facilitating access to this digital collection by its users besides coexisting with the traditional world of physical collections. A possible solution was identified in the new generation of systems called Web Scale Discovery, which allow better management, data integration and agility of search. Aiming to identify if and how such a system would meet the USP demand and expectation and, in case it does, to identify what the analysis criteria of such a tool would be, an analytical study with an essentially documental base was structured, as from a revision of the literature and from data available in official websites and of libraries using this kind of resources. The conceptual base of the study was defined after the identification of software assessment methods already available, generating a standard with 40 analysis criteria, from details on the unique access interface to information contents, web 2.0 characteristics, intuitive interface, facet navigation, among others. The details of the studies conducted into four of the major systems currently available in this software category are presented, providing subsidies for the decision-making of other libraries interested in such systems.

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Web Scale Discovery Systems – How to assess the best solution

  1. 1. Universidade de São Paulo 2012-08-13 Web Scale Discovery Systems – How to assess the best solution http://www.producao.usp.br/handle/BDPI/43808 Downloaded from: Biblioteca Digital da Produção Intelectual - BDPI, Universidade de São Paulo Biblioteca Digital da Produção Intelectual - BDPI Departamento Técnico - SIBi/DT Comunicações em Eventos - SIBi/DT
  2. 2. WEB SCALE DISCOVERY SYSTEMS << HOW TO ASSESS THE BEST SOLUTION >> The Scope The University of São Paulo has been experiencing the increase in contents in electronic and digital formats, distributed by different suppliers and hosted remotely or in clouds, and is faced with the also increasing difficulties related to facilitating access to this digital collection by its users besides coexisting with the traditional world of physical collections. A possible solution was identified in the new generation of systems called Web Scale Discovery, which allow better management, data integration and agility of search. Anderson de Santana (algalord@usp.br) and Sueli Mara Ferreira (smferrei@usp.br) Integrated Library System – USP (dtsibi@usp.br) Universidade de São Paulo 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 400 EBSCO Discovery Service Primo Summon WorldCat Local 260 380 235 235 Final Results - Based on a total of 400 valid points Discovery Systems analyzed: The study was conducted with the four main existing discovery systems (according to the publication: Automation Marketplace 2011: The New Frontier): The Result: For each of the 40 criteria of analysis marks were given to the concepts of applicability: M - Meets (Worth 10 points) | PM - Partially Meets (Worth 5 points) | DNM - Does Not Meet (Worth 0 point) | NIA - No Information Available (Worth 0 point) | NA - Not applicable (There is no points) Objective: Identifying a system to integrate the various data sources available and becoming the single channel search of the USP community. Methodology: Development of an analytical study with an essentially documental base was structured, as from a revision of the literature, from data available in official websites and of libraries using this kind of resources. The conceptual base of the study was defined after the identification of software assessment methods already available, generating a standard with 40 analysis criteria: It Works! www.sibi.usp.br/buscaintegrada Consulted Sources: 1. BREEDING, M. Automation Marketplace 2011: The New Frontier. Library Journal, v.136, n. 6, 2011 2. EKINS, A.; KOSTER, L. Unified Resource Discovery Comparison. Available at: https://sites.google.com/site/urd2comparison/. 3. VAUGHAN, J. Web scale discovery services. Library Technology Report, v. 47, n. 1, jan. 2011. 4. EBSCO – Discovery Service: www.ebscohost.com/discovery/ 5. EX LIBRIS GROUP– Primo: http://www.exlibrisgroup.com/category/PrimoOverview/ 6. SERIALS SOLUTIONS – The Summon: http://www.serialssolutions.com/summon/ 7. OCLC – WorldCat Local: http://www.oclc.org/worldcatlocal/IFLA 2012

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