General track 2: Discovery and visualisation
11:00am - 11:30am
Repository Metadata Network Visualization: Contemporary Canadian Art Publications
Concordia University, Canada
e-Artexte is the catalogue and digital repository of Artexte, a non-profit arts organization with a mandate to document contemporary art with a special interest in Canadian art practices and publishing. This presentation details the methodology and results of exporting the collection metadata into bipartite and single-mode networks, formatted for ingest into graph/network information visualization software Gephi and Cystoscape. The benefits of network representations of metadata, such as improved browsing and search user experience, are discussed in the context of this data set. The results include three network visualizations exported to the Web and accessible through a browser.
11:30am - 12:00pm
Towards effective research recommender systems for repositories
CORE, KMi, The Open University, United Kingdom
In this paper, we argue why and how the integration of recommender systems for research can enhance the functionality and user experience in repositories. We present the latest technical innovations on the CORE Recommender, which provides research article recommendations across the global network of repositories and journals. The CORE Recommender has been recently redeveloped and released into production in the CORE system and has also been deployed in several third-party repositories. We explain the design choices of this unique system and the evaluation processes we have in place to continue raising the quality of the provided recommendations. By drawing on our experience, we discuss the main challenges in offering a state-of-the-art recommendation solution for repositories. We highlight two of the key limitations of the current repository infrastructure with respect to developing research recommendation systems: 1) the lack of a standardized protocol and capabilities for exposing anonymised user-interaction logs, which could serve as valuable input data for recommender systems based on collaborative filtering and 2) the lack of a voluntary global sign-on capability in repositories, which would enable the creation of personalised recommendation and notification solutions based on past user interactions.
12:00pm - 12:30pm
Using WordPress to Contextualize and Publish Digital Repository Content
Northeastern University, United States of America
Northeastern University Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Group is committed to helping faculty, staff, students and other university researchers through all the stages of building a digital project. One of our essential services is an exhibit toolkit that allows project teams to design a website showcasing digital project materials stored in our Fedora/Hydra repository. Project teams use a variety of WordPress exhibit tools (file galleries, playlists, maps, and timelines) to contextualize repository materials and bring their research to life. In this presentation I will discuss why we wanted to create such a tool, what it is and how we developed it, and describe a few active projects.