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Perx and TechXtra

  1. 1. PerX and TechXtra Roddy MacLeod Heriot Watt University [email_address] / Discovering eprints: finding needles in the haystack? 12 th Sept, European Research Institute, Birmingham
  2. 2. Two names <ul><li>Their roles in making research outputs more easily accessible </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>PerX – Pilot Engineering Repository Xsearch </li></ul><ul><li>A project (not a service) </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Subject Portals Project </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>TechXtra – formerly EEVL Xtra </li></ul><ul><li>A service (not a project) </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>June 2005 - May 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>JISC Digital Repositories Programme </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Repositories Research Team Wiki ( DigiRep ) </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>< 1fte </li></ul><ul><li>Partners </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Heriot-Watt University </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cranfield University </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Institution of Civil Engineers/Thomas Telford Ltd </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Geotechnical, Rock and Water Resources Library (Arizona) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regional Support Centre East Midlands </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adiuri </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Looked at various issues concerning subject-based access to digital repositories </li></ul><ul><li>Broad perspective on ‘digital repositories’ </li></ul>
  8. 8. Information landscape
  9. 9. We investigated.. <ul><li>The range and availability of digital repository sources </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural barriers to use of repositories in the subject community </li></ul><ul><li>The functionality of software tools </li></ul><ul><li>Advocacy materials to encourage participation of repository providers </li></ul><ul><li>Maintenance issues </li></ul><ul><li>Interactions with infrastructural shared services </li></ul><ul><li>Enhancing metadata quality </li></ul><ul><li>Embedding and reuse of resource discovery services </li></ul><ul><li>Improving search and browse results presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Service profiling for particular audiences </li></ul>
  10. 10. We produced… <ul><li>Listing of Engineering Repository Sources </li></ul><ul><li>Engineering Digital Repositories Landscape Analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Listing of Basic Functional Requirements for Cross Search Service </li></ul><ul><li>Focus Groups Reports </li></ul><ul><li>Advocacy Materials </li></ul><ul><li>Setup & Maintenance Report </li></ul><ul><li>Shared Service Report </li></ul><ul><li>OAI-PMH Metadata Augmentation Report </li></ul><ul><li>Embedding and reuse report </li></ul>
  11. 11. Plus two working demonstrators
  12. 12. Plus two working demonstrators
  13. 13. Administrative interface
  14. 14. What did we find out? <ul><li>&quot;We feel more strongly than ever that there are significant advantages to a disciplinary approach to electronic services supporting advanced scholarship and higher education&quot; Stephen and Harrison (2002) </li></ul><ul><li>What may work for one discipline does not necessarily work well for another discipline. </li></ul><ul><li>Need for Subject focused services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Agree 46.8% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strongly agree 46.8% </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. What did we find out? <ul><li>Creating subject perspectives is not always easy. </li></ul><ul><li>There are gap areas </li></ul><ul><li>Subject information environments are complex </li></ul><ul><li>Repositories are less important in engineering than some other subjects </li></ul><ul><li>The hybrid approach has limitations </li></ul><ul><li>Maintenance of OAI-PMH and automating reharvesting, is challenging </li></ul>
  16. 16. What else did we find out? <ul><li>More content is needed </li></ul><ul><li>Shared services were mostly at the trial stage </li></ul><ul><li>We could embed a cross-search service in a VLE </li></ul><ul><li>Its more difficult than you might think </li></ul>
  17. 17. Problems faced by PerX
  18. 18. Further PerX reading… <ul><li>Building Bridges with Blocks: Assisting digital library and Virtual Learning Environment integration through reusable middleware. In Proceedings ELPUB 2007. </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Repositories: Building an information infrastructure in the UK . Research Information , Oct/Nov 2006. </li></ul><ul><li>The PerX Project - not just for engineers. E-MmITS , the electronic newsletter of the Multimedia and Information Technology Group Scotland, Spring/Summer 2006, pp. 11-14. </li></ul><ul><li>Overcoming the obstacles of harvesting and searching digital repositories from federated searching toolkits, and embedding them in VLEs . In Proceedings 2nd International Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems </li></ul><ul><li>Engineering: the changing information landscape . FreePint (198). </li></ul><ul><li>PerX : Pilot Engineering Repository Xsearch . D-Lib Magazine 12(3). </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Repositories in UK universities and colleges . Freepint (200). </li></ul>
  19. 19. TechXtra
  20. 20. Cross search 4 million items from: <ul><li>Aeronautical Research Council Technical Reports (ARC) </li></ul><ul><li>arXiv - ePrint Archive </li></ul><ul><li>Australasian Digital Thesis (ADT) </li></ul><ul><li>Australian Research Repositories Online to the World (ARROW) </li></ul><ul><li>Caltech Earthquake Engineering Research Laboratory Technical Reports </li></ul><ul><li>CISTI - Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information </li></ul><ul><li>CiteSeer - Computer and Information Science Articles </li></ul><ul><li>Copac - Library Catalogues </li></ul><ul><li>CSA Discovery Guides </li></ul><ul><li>DiVA - Academic Archive On-Line </li></ul><ul><li>Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) </li></ul><ul><li>DSpace at MIT </li></ul><ul><li>Emerald Engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Euclid Mathematics and Statistics Journals </li></ul><ul><li>Geotechnical, Rock and Water Resources Library (GROW) </li></ul><ul><li>Higher Education Academy Joint Engineering/Materials Subject Centre Resource Database Inderscience Journals </li></ul><ul><li>Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Virtual Library (sample file) </li></ul><ul><li>Intute - Science Engineering and Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Intute: Repository Search </li></ul><ul><li>IoP Electronic Journals </li></ul><ul><li>JORUM </li></ul><ul><li>NASA Technical Reports </li></ul><ul><li>National Engineering Education Delivery System (NEEDS) </li></ul><ul><li>Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) </li></ul><ul><li>OneStep Jobs </li></ul><ul><li>OneStep Industry News </li></ul><ul><li>Open Video Project </li></ul><ul><li>Pearson Education - Books </li></ul><ul><li>Recent Advances in Manufacturing (RAM) </li></ul><ul><li>SearchLT Engineering </li></ul>
  21. 21. TechXtra
  22. 22. I think TechXtra is quite great Hi, I love your database/search facility This is really useful resource!  Extra..... very professional it is a good site. I've just explored this in a bit more detail and wanted to congratulate (& thank you) for providing this service. I like TechXtra very much.
  23. 23. Large STM cross-search services <ul><li>Google Scholar </li></ul><ul><li>Live Search Academic - 27 million articles indexed. Most are STM </li></ul><ul><li>Scitopia – 3 million from 15 societies </li></ul><ul><li> – 19 databases </li></ul><ul><li>Scirus – 100 million plus 29 databases </li></ul><ul><li>Scitation – 1 million </li></ul><ul><li>ScienceResearch – ‘millions’ </li></ul><ul><li> – 50 million </li></ul>
  24. 24. Subject communities <ul><li>iMechanica </li></ul><ul><li>TechKnow </li></ul>
  25. 25. Any questions?