IN Harmony Tools Redux

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Kowalczyk, Stacy, Jenn Riley, and Nikki Roberg. “IN Harmony Tools Redux.” Digital Library Program Brown Bag Presentation, January 31, 2007.

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IN Harmony Tools Redux

  1. 1. January 31, 2007 DLP Brownbag IN Harmony Brownbag Series January 31, 2007 Stacy Kowalczyk, Jenn Riley, Nikki Roberg
  2. 2. January 31, 2007 DLP Brownbag Agenda – Project Overview – Sheet Music Cataloging Tool – User Studies and Public Interface Tool
  3. 3. January 31, 2007 DLP Brownbag IN Harmony is •An IMLS funded grant •Awarded in Fall 2004 •To be competed in Fall 2007 •A partnership of – Indiana University Digital Library Program – Indiana University Lilly Library – Indiana State Library – Indiana State Museum – Indiana Historical Society
  4. 4. January 31, 2007 DLP Brownbag Why Sheet Music? • Musicologists – Musical practices, structures and meanings • Historians – Cover designs, lyrics, and advertisements • General Public – Playable copies of out of print music, connections to family stories
  5. 5. January 31, 2007 DLP Brownbag Project Goals 1. To provide a mode for fostering collaborative digital library development by partnering with institutions with complementary collections; 2. To digitize a portion of the sheet music from these collections and offer access to these materials free of charge on the web; 3. To bring these materials and their attendant metadata together on a single web site, offering both federated searching of the entire collection and searching of one or more selected collections; 4. To explore copyright questions, specifically to test the hypothesis that approximately 90 percent of copyrights have not been renewed for materials published between 1923 and 1964.
  6. 6. January 31, 2007 DLP Brownbag Fostering Collaboration •Gaining a common understanding •Negotiating conflicting requirements and priorities •Developing Expertise Final deliverable is a long-term working relationship between all of the partners to participate in the Indiana Digital Library
  7. 7. January 31, 2007 DLP Brownbag Digitizing Deliverable – 10,000 pieces of sheet music – 4,000 Indiana University Lilly Library – 2,000 Indiana State Library – 2,000 Indiana State Museum – 2,000 Indiana Historical Society
  8. 8. January 31, 2007 DLP Brownbag Current Project Status •Partner scanning began in January 2006 •Cataloging began in May 2006 IHS ISM ISL Lilly Images Scanned 1916 693 1358 4697 Cataloging Records 1916 269 1358 1738
  9. 9. January 31, 2007 DLP Brownbag Metadata needs • Effective user access • Work for diverse project partners • Facilitate interoperability
  10. 10. January 31, 2007 DLP Brownbag Designing the metadata model • User studies • Define fields • Write cataloging guidelines with partner input • Representation in MODS
  11. 11. January 31, 2007 DLP Brownbag Types of fields • Title elements • Name elements • Publication elements • Subject elements • Identification elements • Note elements • Cover information
  12. 12. January 31, 2007 DLP Brownbag Deriving subjects from LCSH/MARC • $a = ? • $v = form/genre • $x = ? • $y = temporal • $z = place name • Many exceptions, e.g., Songs with piano
  13. 13. January 31, 2007 DLP Brownbag Demos • Cataloging tool • Database reports
  14. 14. January 31, 2007 DLP Brownbag User-driven Design Process Usability studies conducted in 2005* – card sort – server query log analysis – email content analysis Functional requirements were drafted based on these studies and other metadata requirements * For more information, see: Verse Chorus Verse: Overview of Iterative Usability Studies for the IN Harmony: Sheet Music from Indiana Project (Presented by Michelle Dalmau, December 14, 2005) http://www.dlib.indiana.edu/education/brownbags/archives.shtml#fall2005
  15. 15. January 31, 2007 DLP Brownbag Paper prototyping • Additional user testing to answer outstanding questions • At least four iterations of paper prototypes were created and discussed among project team • Over 15 prototypes created to illustrate browse, search, results and other screens – Multiple variations created for some screens • Final iterations tested with Indianapolis and Bloomington IN Harmony partners and IUB faculty and student usability participants
  16. 16. January 31, 2007 DLP Brownbag Design Influences • Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection (http:// www.dlib.indiana.edu/collections/cushman/) • New York Public Library Digital Gallery (http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/) • Arago: People, Postage, and the Post— Smithsonian National Postal Museum (http://www.arago.si.edu/)
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  20. 20. January 31, 2007 DLP Brownbag Usability Testing • Group walkthroughs (Oct/Dec 2006): • 3 sessions conducted: 2 with IN Harmony partners and 1 with usability participants from IU faculty and student body • Participants were walked through each prototype and asked to respond to a series of scripted questions. • Overall feedback was positive
  21. 21. January 31, 2007 DLP Brownbag Usability Testing Aims 1. Determine if the overall structure and organization is clear and adequate. 2. Determine how users would conduct efficient browsing of over 10,000 pieces of sheet music from four different institutions 3. Determine various means by which users can successfully search 4. Determine how users would use and manipulate search results 5. Determine means by which users would access sheet music
  22. 22. January 31, 2007 DLP Brownbag Prototypes • Home
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  24. 24. January 31, 2007 DLP Brownbag Prototypes • Browse – By name – By music title – By year of publication – By subject (?) – By cover art (?)
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  30. 30. January 31, 2007 DLP Brownbag Findings • Browsing – A-Z anchor lists are intuitive – Browse by Subject is important! – Users may be more likely to search for names and titles rather than browsing – Viewing cover art while browsing adds to the experience but doesn’t require its own section – Unknown dates could be estimated and considered “uncertain”
  31. 31. January 31, 2007 DLP Brownbag Prototypes • Search – Basic – Advanced – No results – Search history
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  37. 37. January 31, 2007 DLP Brownbag Findings • Searching – Readily visible search tips are useful – Keyword search box in banner goes unnoticed – Advanced search fields meet users’ needs – Field labels such as “geographic topic” require more explanation – Participants prefer to see all advanced search fields instead of open/collapse feature – Result suggestions are helpful when advanced query produces no results – Search history is helpful
  38. 38. January 31, 2007 DLP Brownbag Prototypes • Results – Summary – Record detail
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  42. 42. January 31, 2007 DLP Brownbag Findings • Results – Interest in being able to refine/broaden results, especially after browsing – Filtering “menu” evoked mixed feelings – Functionality difficult to illustrate on paper – Fields on result detail should be better prioritized on the page – Like ability to download a copy of sheet music
  43. 43. January 31, 2007 DLP Brownbag Prototypes • My Selections
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  45. 45. January 31, 2007 DLP Brownbag Findings • My Selections – Participants like the functionality – Want selections to be saved beyond session
  46. 46. January 31, 2007 DLP Brownbag Next Steps Implement pertinent findings Start to build site!
  47. 47. January 31, 2007 DLP Brownbag Questions? Thanks for attending! IN Harmony Project Website

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