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Subject:

$millions of expenditure on repositories and you still can't easily scan new items

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"MacLeod, Roderick A" <[log in to unmask]>

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MacLeod, Roderick A

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Fri, 13 Mar 2009 12:58:17 -0000

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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.

Roddy

> -----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.
> Bibliographics and Multimedia Service Delivery team, EDINA, 
> The University of Edinburgh.
> 
> http://edina.ac.uk/
> 
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