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Knowledge Base and Link Resolver Study: General Findings

The National Library of Sweden

The LIBRIS division of the National Library of Sweden has published on their Web site a report they commissioned me to produce on e-resource knowledge bases and OpenURL link resolvers. One thread of work in support of this study involved gathering data from each of the major providers of knowledge base and link resolver products. In order to gauge the effectiveness of the products, a survey was developed and executed to capture responses from libraries regarding their impressions of their current and previous link resolvers, their assessment of the completeness and quality of the associated knowledge base, and requesting narrative comments in each topic area.

This report summarizes research conducted on OpenURL Link Resolvers and their associated Knowledge Bases. It includes information collected from the providers of these products as well as data provided by the libraries that use them regarding their experiences of their quality and effectiveness. The study focuses primarily on the knowledge bases, though it also examines the functionality offered in the link resolvers. In addition to the these characterizations of the products, the report also provides observations regarding the role that these products play in the broader landscape of library automation and some of the trends currently in motion.

This 103 report provides background and perspective on the genre of OpenURL Link Resolvers and their associated knowledge bases, includes detailed information provided by each of the producers of the major products, statistical summaries of the library survey responses as well as survey comments.

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About OpenURL Link Resolvers

An information ecosystem based on OpenURL has emerged to manage linking in a scalable and efficient manner. In this ecosystem, sources present links from citations formulated as an OpenURL, following a standardized structure that presents metadata or identifiers describing the resource instead of a hardcoded link. The OpenURL includes the Base URL that references the link resolver provided by the user's library. The link resolver then interprets the OpenURL and calculates the best link to connect the user with the full text of article, or presents other relevant services if the full text is not available. Link resolvers rely on a knowledge base that describes the universe of available content resources, scoped to the resources made available by their library. The library would configure their instance of the link resolver to identify the content packages, e-journals, or other materials to which it subscribes as well as selected free and open access resources. This environment of context-sensitive linking based on OpenURL-based link resolvers and knowledge bases was initially proposed by Herbert Van de Somple and Patrick Hochstenbach at the University of Ghent in Belgium in 1999 in a project called SFX, which was licensed and commercialized by Ex Libris in February 2000, and has sparked the slate of competing products that this report describes.

Knowledge Base characteristics

The knowledge bases covered in this report house data related to body of electronic resources of interest to libraries. This body of content includes articles from e-journals, e-books, book chapters, and other materials acquired through a variety of different content products ranging from individual ejournal subscriptions to massive multi-disciplinary aggregated databases. Rather than each library taking on the laborious process of maintaining detailed information regarding the variable lists of materials that reside within each of their subscription packages, they can rely on knowledge bases maintained on behalf of a broader library community. An organization that produces one of these knowledge bases would bring to bear more technical and personnel resources than might be available in any individual organization.

An article summarizing the report will be published in the July issue of Insights: the UKSG journal

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Speaking schedule for ALA Annual Conference

ALA Annual Conference

Iíll be participating in the upcoming American Library Association Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA from June 21-26. This is one of my busiest conferences of the year, with schedule packed with business meetings, appointments with vendor representatives, a number of speaking responsibilities, co-chairing a LITA Interest Group, attending a few social events and receptions, and hopefully find time to attend some of the great sessions on the program. We'll have a meeting of the NISO Open Discovery Initiative at the conference. Itís always a great chance to connect with friends and colleagues from all corners of the profession.

Here is my speaking schedule for the conference:

NISO Update Session: What the Future Entails for Library Systems

Sunday, June 24, 2012
NISO Update session
Anaheim Convention Center, Room 206B

The session will be structured around what changes in library systems and processes mean for what needs to happen in the standards area - and where/how librarians, vendors and publishers can communicate.

Todd Carpenter will provide a general update on NISO and its current activities Carl Grant to do a 20-minute presentation on the overall picture. Some of the NISO working groups to describe their initiative, what they hope to achieve/have achieved, and any challenges or successes they see in their area Reports on NISO working groups, including:

  • ERM Data Review: Gap Analysis Project
  • NCIP (NISO Circulation Interchange Protocol) Standing Committee
  • Open Discovery Initiative
  • Best Practices for Demand-Driven Acquisition (DDA) of Monographs (expected new project)
  • Topic Committee: Content and Collections Management

Letís Work Together: Integrating Social Media, Online Marketing, and Outreach

Monday, June 25, 2012
8:00am to 10:00am
Anaheim Convention Center, Room 210D

  • Speaker: David Lee King, Digital Branch & Services Manager, Topeka Public Library
  • Speaker: Jen Robinson, Marin County Free Library
  • Speaker: Marshall Breeding

Speakers will discuss how their organizations have reinvented their online presence using social media as a way to interact with their communities. They'll also address their personal and organizational investments in the implementation of an ongoing online, socially-interactive presence; give hints and advice regarding the implementation of new media and how these roles and responsibilities are assigned to staff; identify the criteria they used to develop their social media plan; and explain goals and measurement tools for keeping on track.

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Discovery Systems: The Promise and The Reality

Sunday, June 24, 2012
4:00pm to 5:30pm
Anaheim Convention Center 304AB

  • Speaker: Barbara DeFelice
  • Speaker: Cody Hanson, University of Minnesota
  • Speaker: Mark Dehmlow, University of Notre Dame
  • Speaker: Marshall Breeding

A new era of discovery systems commenced in 2008 with the release of services such as Summon (Serials Solutions), EBSCO Discovery Service, Primo Central (ExLibris) and OCLCís WorldCat Local. They promised to revolutionize how students and researchers discover, access and use library resources of all types, and aim to provide a Google-like search experience for library collections without the pitfalls of federated searching. Consequently, librarians can focus on promoting information literacy rather than teaching information navigation techniques. This program examines how well discovery systems deliver on their promises four years into their development.

Ultimate Debate: Cloud Computing

Monday, June 25, 2012
1:30pm to 3:30pm
Anaheim Convention Center 304AB

  • Moderator: Marshall Breeding
  • Speaker: Anne Prestamo
  • Speaker: Bernd Becker
  • Speaker: Frank Cervone
  • Speaker: Robert Lau, University of Southern California
  • Speaker: Roy Tennant

The Ultimate Debate returns for the seventh straight year with a lively discussion over the promises and pitfalls of cloud computing. Three panelists will tease out the various components of cloud computing to give you the insight needed to decide if you should be in the clouds or on terra firma.

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The LITA Technology and Industry Interest Group

Saturday, June 23, 2012
10:30am to 12:00pm
Hyatt Regency Orange County -- Garden 3

  • co-chair: Matt Goldner
  • co-chair: Marshall Breeding

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I'm looking forward to a very interesting and productive conference.

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