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Plumage: Open Source Web App Leveraging eagle-i to Make Core Resources Discoverable to Researchers

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Plumage: Open Source Web App Leveraging eagle-i to Make Core Resources Discoverable to Researchers

  1. 1. Plumage: Open Source Web App Leveraging eagle-i to! Make Core Resources Discoverable to Researchers Anirvan Chatterjee, Brian Turner, MBA Clinical and Translational Science Institute, University of California, San Francisco http://cores.ucsf.edu/IntroductionCore resource management platforms are common across the CTSAnetwork, but often fail to reach researchers, many of whom rely ontools like Google. UCSF’s Research Resource Program was seekingto replace its legacy cores database, which was hard to find and use.Strategy Typeahead searchCTSI selected the eagle-i platform because of its ontology and broad Options appear as users start typing (like Browse by category Complete list of options listed toadoption, but the interface didn’t meet our users’ needs. So we Google Instant), and a click takes users enhance discoverabilitydeveloped Plumage, an open source front-end to eagle-i, directly to the search resultdesigned to make resources discoverable to end users.Plumage websites display eagle-i data, leveraging eagle-i synonyms, Synonym Support definitions, and hierarchies to create an easily-navigable interface, Whether you call it “LAM,” “LCM,” orwith search engine optimized landing pages for every synonym of “Microdissection” — you’ll find it on theevery supported resource—allowing resources to be easily found via browse list or via the search enginesearch engines like Google.Plumage is publicly distributed as open source software(ctsiatucsf.github.com/plumage/), and works with most eagle-iinstallations out of the box. The software requires Perl 5.12, and canbe deployed on any web server, as the generated websites compileto static HTML and JavaScript. Search engine optimizedResults Clear URLs and headlines, definitions http://cores.ucsf.edu/tissue-embedding-station.htmlIn July 2012, we launched the Plumage-powered UCSF Cores Search containing relevant keywords, semantic(http://cores.ucsf.edu/), replacing our previous site. Comparing site HTML with Schema.org microdatausage in October 2012 to that in October 2011:•  total page views were up 103% year over year•  visits via search engines were up 498% year over year•  79% of resource landing pages were visited monthly Location filter Conclusion Responsive Design Find the nearest resource on big campuses Automatically scales to fit phones & tabletsInvesting in a more usable and discoverable web interfacesubstantially increased use of UCSF’s core resource listings, Allow for comparisonwithout requiring users to change their preexisting search workflows. Easily scannable blocks let users quickly compare core location, name, resources This project was supported by NIH/NCRR UCSF-CTSI Grant Number UL1 RR024131 and UL1 TR000004. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH. Clinical and Translational Science Institute / CTSI Accelerating Research to Improve Health UC F S

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