15.626 new on WWW: Ubiquity 3.11; report on online resource use

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 15, No. 626.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

       [1] From: ubiquity <ubiquity@HQ.ACM.ORG> (13)
             Subject: Ubiquity 3/11

       [2] From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <david@ninch.org> (74)
             Subject: OAIster Project Reports on Online Resource Use Survey

             Date: Wed, 01 May 2002 06:46:02 +0100
             From: ubiquity <ubiquity@HQ.ACM.ORG>
             Subject: Ubiquity 3/11

    Ubiquity: A Web-based publication of the ACM
    Volume 3, Number 11, Week of April 29, 2002

    In this issue:

    Interview --

    Where The Algorithm Meets the Electronics
    Prabhakar Raghavan on building a secure foundation for information retrieval

    Review --

    The Elephant and the Flea: Reflections of a Reluctant Capitalist
    Reviewed by James F. Doyle
    When the going gets tough, the tough go portfolio

             Date: Wed, 01 May 2002 06:49:35 +0100
             From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <david@ninch.org>
             Subject: OAIster Project Reports on Online Resource Use Survey

    News on Networking Cultural Heritage Resources
    from across the Community
    April 30, 2002

                    OAIster Project Reports on Online Resource Use

    OAIster is a proposed information retrieval service of the University of
    Michigan library for information about publicly available digital library
    resources provided by the research library community.

    It is being built using a suite of Open Archives Initiative (OAI)-based
    metadata harvesting services developed by the Library of the University of
    Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) to enable the discovery and retrieval
    of scholarly works, hidden on the Web (in databases, finding aids, and XML
    documents) beyond the reach of search engines. For more on the UIUC
    metadata harvester, see http://oai.grainger.uiuc.edu/index.htm.

    As part of the preliminary work of its project, OAIster recently conducted
    a survey to reveal what digital resources people are interested in and how
    they were used. The survey was completed by 591 people - nearly half of
    whom were librarians, library staff, or information professionals.

    A summary of these results is now available. Some key discoveries were that
    over 80% were most interested in online journals and reference materials
    when they went online to look for information but that these were the
    digital resources they were most unable to find online.

    For a good introduction to metadata harvesting, see Clifford Lynch,
    "Metadata Harvesting and the Open Archives Initiative," ARL Bimonthly
    Report 217
    (August 2001): http://www.arl.org/newsltr/217/mhp.html

    Stay tuned for more information on this promising project.

    David Green

    >Date: Wed, 24 Apr 2002 16:54:20 -0400
    >>From: Kat Hagedorn <khage@umich.edu>
    >To: Kat Hagedorn <khage@umich.edu>
    >I'd like to announce that a summary report of the online OAIster survey,
    >designed to reveal how people use digital resources and what resources
    >they're interested in, is now available at
    >http://oaister.umdl.umich.edu/surveyreport.html. Please feel free to
    >forward this report along.
    >We were very pleased with the overwhelming response to the survey. In the
    >end, we analyzed a total of 591 responses...one of the reasons this report
    >is a bit later than expected. The results were quite interesting, and will
    >definitely assist us in developing an appropriate interface and
    >functionality for the OAIster service.
    >We have also updated our site, including a new progress report and
    >information on becoming an OAIster data provider.
    >Kat Hagedorn
    >OAIster Librarian
    >Digital Library Production Service
    >University of Michigan
    >734-647-8000 (not a direct line)


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