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Internet Librarian 2009 Presentation


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The presentation looks at subject-specific Web 2.0 portals for academic and National Health Service researchers and moves to discussion of the pitfalls encountered and lessons learnt in choosing a portal hosting service. Hosted on iGoogle, Pageflakes and Netvibes, the portals bring together news, journal content, funding opportunities, events and tailored searches.

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Internet Librarian 2009 Presentation

  1. 1. Portals and Pitfalls: Developing web-based research portals for the NHS and University of Sheffield Andy Tattersall, Information Specialist University of Sheffield Claire Beecroft, Information Specialist, University of Sheffield Anna Cantrell, Information Specialist, University of Sheffield Image courtesy of Sleighboy :
  2. 2. Rationale for Developing the Portals (1) <ul><li>Establishment of the NIHR RDS </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of knowledge about information management among NHS researchers </li></ul><ul><li>Need to simplify gathering of information from a wide range of multi-media sources </li></ul><ul><li>Changing nature of research- information resources are becoming more diverse </li></ul>
  3. 3. Rationale for Developing the Portals (2) <ul><li>ScHARR, University of Sheffield- key UK Public Health research school </li></ul><ul><li>Research is conducted among teams with members from throughout the school </li></ul><ul><li>ScHARR is keen to innovate- hence recruitment of a specialist in web technologies </li></ul>
  4. 4. How portals can help you <ul><li>Keep you up to date with what interests you </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a point of reference </li></ul><ul><li>Help you find, share and collate information </li></ul><ul><li>Help you interact </li></ul><ul><li>Combine text, links, images audio and video </li></ul><ul><li>Be accessible anywhere </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a snapshot on a topic, organisation, country, the world </li></ul><ul><li>Provide entertainment </li></ul><ul><li>Portals are adaptable and moderately easy to master </li></ul><ul><li>Be automated (for the most part) </li></ul><ul><li>Make your life simpler? </li></ul>
  5. 5. How portals can hinder you <ul><li>They are not as automated as we would like </li></ul><ul><li>RSS feeds can break </li></ul><ul><li>Web pages can go out of date or just disappear </li></ul><ul><li>There is always new information, links and people to add </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple moderation is needed for specialist topics </li></ul><ul><li>Not all content is applicable to everyone – UK/US angles </li></ul><ul><li>Information overload </li></ul><ul><li>Pages can be slow loading </li></ul><ul><li>Need for a decent Internet connection </li></ul><ul><li>Sponsored links </li></ul><ul><li>They could make your working life more complicated </li></ul>
  6. 6. Choosing a portal provider
  7. 7. Choosing a portal provider (2) <ul><li>Initial evaluation focused on: Pageflakes, Netvibes and iGoogle </li></ul><ul><li>Eventually chose Netvibes for a number of reasons: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Comprehensive and adaptable </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Content can be spread over a number of tabs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Many widgets available: rss/Atom feeds, calendars, search engine boxes, notes, bookmarks, Flickr photos, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, email and user-created modules </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Netvibes provides reliable support to users. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Widgets “ A web widget is a portable chunk of code that can be installed and executed within any separate HTML-based web page by an end user without requiring additional compilation” Wikipedia (2009)
  9. 9. The ScHARR Portal
  10. 10. Journal feeds and podcasts
  11. 11. Tailoring Your Information <ul><li>Health News </li></ul><ul><li>Special Research Topics and Interest Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Library Journals </li></ul><ul><li>Videos </li></ul><ul><li>Funding Feeds </li></ul><ul><li>Maps </li></ul><ul><li>Customised Search Engines </li></ul>
  12. 12. Supporting Specialists (1)
  13. 13. Supporting Specialists (2)
  14. 14. What next ? (1) <ul><li>Evaluation of the portals </li></ul><ul><li>Horizon scanning for new portal providers </li></ul><ul><li>Horizon scanning for new web 2.0 (and web 3.0) tools </li></ul>
  15. 15. What next ? (2) <ul><li>Working with NHS to overcome access issues </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing the number of portals </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing with other RDS </li></ul><ul><li>Investigating commercial potential </li></ul>Image courtesy of Morgaine: