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JournalTOCs - Introduction and Feedback


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The JISC funded Rapid Innovation project JournalTOCs held a workshop at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh of Friday 20th November 2009. Lisa Rogers gives a presentation introducing the journalTOCs project, the API and feedback about the API.

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JournalTOCs - Introduction and Feedback

  1. 1. JournalTOCs Workshop 20/11/09 Introduction and Feedback Lisa Rogers, Santy Chumbe & Roger Rist Institute for Computer Based Learning - Heriot-Watt University
  2. 2. Background <ul><li>6 months JISC Rapid Innovation Project </li></ul><ul><li>Allows searching of the latest Tables of Contents of over 12,000 journals from over 420 publishers. </li></ul><ul><li>Content in JournalTOCs collected using ticTOCs Data Set. </li></ul><ul><li>Developing a freely available API. http:// / </li></ul>
  3. 3. API Methods <ul><li>Journal </li></ul><ul><li>http:// </li></ul><ul><li>Articles </li></ul><ul><li>http:// </li></ul><ul><li>MyTOCS </li></ul><ul><li>http:// </li></ul><ul><li>Registered Institution </li></ul><ul><li>http:// </li></ul>
  4. 4. Journals Examples <ul><li>List of Journals whose titles contain keyword(s) i.e. crystallography </li></ul><ul><li>http:// /journals/crystallography </li></ul><ul><li>List of latest articles from a journal given the ISSN i.e. 0906-4710 </li></ul><ul><li>http:// /journals/0906-4710 </li></ul>
  5. 5. Articles Examples <ul><li>Find recent articles by keyword(s) </li></ul><ul><li>http:// /articles/Open Educational Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Find recent articles published by an author </li></ul><ul><li>http:// /articles/ Dorothy+Bishop </li></ul><ul><li>Find recent articles from an Institution http:// /articles/”Heriot Watt University” </li></ul>
  6. 6. MyTOCs Examples <ul><li>List of Journals selected by a user i.e. Roddy MacLeod http:// / [email_address] </li></ul>
  7. 7. Institution Example <ul><li>Searches across articles that Heriot-Watt University has a subscription to http:// / HeriotWatt /corrosion </li></ul>
  8. 8. Results Format <ul><li>RSS 1.0 with: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dublin Core Module </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PRISM Module </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Content Module </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Based on RSS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recommendations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>from ticTOCs project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>+ <dc:contributor> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>for affiliation </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Monitoring Journals
  10. 10. Use Case 1 <ul><li>Identifying new content for IRs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Query by name of institution/author list </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Returns a list of articles </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What to do with the results? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Could use the list to find the authors and ask to manually deposit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a new (draft) entry in repository. </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Use Case 2 <ul><li>Metadata Enhancement (i.e. to check/update published status) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Query by title/keywords/author etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Returns an article/list of possible matches </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What to do with the results? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Manually check article to see if correct </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Correct/update metadata manually </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Automatically update entry? </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Feedback <ul><li>Washington State University </li></ul><ul><li>“ I just saw your message about the TOC API and added it to my iGoogle. I immediately had links to 31 articles recently published by WSU authors! I plan to contact each of the authors to see if we can add their articles to our repository, the WSU Research Exchange. I think I can set up a basic congratulatory message and personalize for each article. At least to begin with I will check each journal’s publishing agreement to see what the policies are regarding IR’s. This seems like it will be a very useful tool.” </li></ul>
  13. 13. Feedback (contd..) <ul><li>Oxford University </li></ul><ul><li>“ The main way in which I would be using this type of service is in an automated fashion, drawing in the metadata to autosuggest/autocomplete certain fields for the user.” </li></ul><ul><li>API Now includes DC, PRISM and Content Modules to extract richer metadata. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Feedback (contd..) <ul><li>UNL Digital Commons </li></ul><ul><li>“Give instructions for getting beyond step 1. I mean real instructions. Don't assume I know what you are doing or how it works.” </li></ul><ul><li>There is a need to provide better API documentation. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Feedback (Contd…) <ul><li>Sherpa/Romeo </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Some queries returning php errors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some queries (falsely) returning no hits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>May be better to offer the following ways to query API: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Contains </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Starts With </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Exact Phrase </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Would be useful to query by publisher </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Feedback (contd..) <ul><li>University of Warwick </li></ul><ul><li>“I hope to be able to use it as a way of becoming aware of what our authors are publishing, so that we can write and prompt them to deposit versions with us.” </li></ul><ul><li>Timeliness is important here, JournalTOCs provides alerts as soon as paper is published meaning authors still have copy of article to hand. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Other Use Cases <ul><li>Add RSS Feeds to your library catalogue. </li></ul><ul><li>Researcher Current awareness: Keep up-to-date with articles containing particular keywords. </li></ul><ul><li>Show others journals that you follow. </li></ul><ul><li>Embed localised search results into library website. (Demo) http:// /library/ </li></ul>
  18. 18. Issues <ul><li>We are reliant on publishers providing author affiliation. </li></ul><ul><li>Rely on publishers providing structured metadata in their RSS Feeds. </li></ul><ul><li>Discrimination: How to deal with authors with the same name. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Questions?