Thanks for that response, Ian. The core concepts may be in place, yes,
but the fact remains that after $millions of expenditure on
repositories, I (or rather the researchers I serve) can't, without
considerable effort and some know-how, easily scan new items appearing
in multi-repositories, or easily save a search for new items in
repositories of their choice and scan futureresults.
Which is shurley a mishtake. Something vaguely similar to TweetDeck,
but containing new repository materials, would surely do more for the
repository cause than...well...an awful lot of other things.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ian Stuart [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: 13 March 2009 11:51
> To: MacLeod, Roderick A
> Subject: Re: [JISC-REPOSITORIES] Something different: Twitter
> search on repsitories
> MacLeod, Roderick A wrote:
> > Thanks. I think I was being a bit facetious rather than anything.
> > And to continue - what is the URL of the service 'a la
> Tweetdeck' that
> > will allow me to easily choose, say, IRs that are
> particularly good in
> > social science subjects from a list of all IRs, where I can also
> > search across all IRs for, say, items on African politics and have
> > that search saved with no more effort, and have the new results of
> > that search delivered in real time, and also be able to
> scan in real
> > time new items appearing in my selected IRs? And have this
> happen when
> > I click on an icon on my desktop. i.e to treat new items
> in IRs like tweets in Tweetdeck.
> There are, I think, two aspects to this:
> 1) Searching Subject Repositories (ala arXive/PubMedCentral)
> for items that match a particular query
> 2) Searching Institutional Repositories for items that match
> a query, which includes a subject classification.
> I'm not aware of a list of Subject repositories... as a
> parallel to OpenDOAR for IRs, so any cross-searcher in mode
> (1) would need to be hand-coded.
> Subject-based searching in mode (2) seems to be fraught with
> difficulties - not least of which is the one that many IRs
> don't actually have a subject classification!
> ... but the rest of it is just a case of search scripts and output
> formats: you ping (well, your interface does it for you) the
> repository with a defined API ( such as
> "my_query?subject=African+politics" ) and you get an Atom/RSS
> feed back...
> (which is, if you think about it, basically what twitter et
> all do: they have a profile of the people you follow, and you
> ping for a list of new tweets based on that list)
> ... it needs more thought to flesh it out, and there are
> bound to be a whole pile of issues that need to be sorted -
> but the core concepts are already in place: EPrints.org has
> feeds for "latest deposits"
> Ian Stuart.
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