Re-Mapping the Total Library: Surveying WDL & BDMX

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A joint presentation by Ernesto Priani and Ernesto Priego for the International Conference on Latin American Cybercultural Studies, oresight Centre, University ofLiverpool, UK
19 May 2011, 3PM
http://latamcyber.wordpress.com/

Images on the first and last slide are excerpts from The Infinite Library, an ongoing project by Daniel Gustav Cramer and Haris Epaminonda.
http://www.theinfinitelibrary.com/

This presentation by Ernesto Priego and Ernesto Priani is shared under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
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Re-Mapping the Total Library: Surveying WDL & BDMX

  1. 1. International Conference of Latin American Cybercultural Studies Liverpool, May 19-20 2011 #latamcyber Mapping the Total Library: Surveying WDL & BDMX Dr Ernesto Priego Dr Ernesto Priani
  2. 2. Digital Libraries <ul><li>&quot;A managed collection of information, with associated services, where the information is stored in digital formats and accessible over a network. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;The unfiying theme is that information is organized on computers and available over a network, with procedures to select the material in the collections, to organize it, to make it available to users, and to archive it.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>--William Y. Arms , Digital Libraries (2001:2) </li></ul>
  3. 3. &quot;If You Build It, Will They Come?&quot; &quot;There are now many online, digital resources in the humanities, and their creation is funded by various governmental, academic, and philanthropic sources. What happens to these resources after completion is very poorly understood. No systematic survey of digital resource usage in the humanities has ever been undertaken—and the factors for use and non-use of digital resources are unknown.&quot; -- Claire Warwick, Melissa Terras et al, 2008
  4. 4. World Digital Library
  5. 5. BDMX
  6. 6. What? ¿Qué? <ul><li>What are the implications of these two resources? </li></ul><ul><li>Do people know about them? </li></ul><ul><li>What do they think of them? </li></ul><ul><li>What can user experience say about these resources? </li></ul><ul><li>What can we learn from these experiences for good practice? </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Surveys <ul><li>Two bilingual English/Spanish online surveys, one for WDL, one for BDMex </li></ul><ul><li>Ten questions each, five demographic </li></ul><ul><li>Done using free version of Survey Monkey </li></ul><ul><li>Distributed through Twitter, a HASTAC blog post and by email to followers, students and colleagues over four months </li></ul><ul><li>Survey purposefully not aimed necessarily at specialists but potential users </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Responses <ul><li>BDMX: 49 of 90 completed survey </li></ul><ul><li>WDL: 26 of 39 completed survey </li></ul><ul><li>In average, 90% of completed responses from users with Mexican IPs, 5% from the UK </li></ul><ul><li>Age of respondents </li></ul><ul><li>21-30 37.8% </li></ul><ul><li>31-40 40.5% </li></ul><ul><li>41-50 13.5% </li></ul><ul><li>51-60 5.4% </li></ul>
  9. 9. Had you heard of the World Digital Library before answering this survey? WDL BDMX
  10. 10. The Feedback <ul><li>Usefulness: </li></ul><ul><li>WDL: 93% positive BDMX: 20% positive </li></ul><ul><li>Visual Appearance/Interface Design: </li></ul><ul><li>WDL: 85% positive BDMX: 10% positive </li></ul><ul><li>Search Capabilities: </li></ul><ul><li>WDL: 93% positive BDMX: 20% positive </li></ul><ul><li>Collection browsing: </li></ul><ul><li>WDL: 80% positive BDMX: 20% positive </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Open Digital Library <ul><li>reliable metadata </li></ul><ul><li>serendipity </li></ul><ul><li>interface reflecting different forms of research; allowing simple discovery and sophisticated advanced search, social search methods for collaborative practice, the ability to search within a collection or subcollection. </li></ul><ul><li>connection with the physical </li></ul><ul><li>enable other parties to build upon, reframe, and reuse -- Dan Cohen &quot;What Scholars Want from the Digital Public Library of America&quot; , </li></ul><ul><li>1 st March 2011 </li></ul>
  12. 12. ¿ Qué falta en el debate?/ What's Missing from the debate? &quot;The Library as Identity&quot; &quot;It may be that, because of its kaleidoscopic quality, any library, however personal, offers to whoever explores it a reflection of what he or she seeks, a tantalizing wisp of intuition of who we are as readers, a glimpse into the secret aspects of the self.&quot; --Alberto Manguel (2008:305)
  13. 13. Geopolitics of Digital Libraries <ul><li>User Study </li></ul><ul><li>Collection </li></ul><ul><li>Digitisation </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Preservation </li></ul><ul><li>Curation </li></ul><ul><li>Location </li></ul><ul><li>Interface Design </li></ul><ul><li>Functional Design </li></ul><ul><li>Resource Use </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>The Politics of Curation </li></ul><ul><li>All process of selection implies a process </li></ul><ul><li>of exclusion. </li></ul><ul><li>What is included performs the function of representation. </li></ul><ul><li>Collection, digitisation, curation, digital preservation, technical specifications determining access are not neutral processes. Transparency and good practice needs implementation. </li></ul><ul><li>Unless proper interpretive/annotation/interaction affordances are ensured, non-contextualised documents may enforce stereotyping, pigeonholing, etc. </li></ul>
  15. 15. ...And Access for All... <ul><li>An unused or unknown digital library is a waste of resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Promotion and public engagement must be permanent. </li></ul><ul><li>User studies should be carried before the development of the project and publicised widely. </li></ul><ul><li>Online resources are not only about technology; they're about people. Resources need to be created with users in mind. </li></ul><ul><li>National Libraries should have control over their own digital content and promote, educate and empower citizens to engage with them and build upon them once created. </li></ul><ul><li>Structured, reliable metadata is essential. </li></ul><ul><li>Affordances for sustainability; digital preservation. </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Libraries should be guided by an imperative of accessibility and inclusion and take into account not all digital access is equeal everywhere. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Thank you!/¡Gracias! efpriego@gmail.com / @ernestopriego / epriani@gmail.com / @epriani
  17. 17. Images from The Infinite Library , an ongoing project by Daniel Gustav Cramer and Haris Epaminonda. This presentation by Ernesto Priego and Ernesto Priani is shared under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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