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Re: Seeking examples of outstanding discovery layers

From:

Sean Hannan <[log in to unmask]>

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Code for Libraries <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 20 Sep 2012 17:26:45 +0000

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That's what user research is.  Qualitative evidence, too.

-Sean


On 9/20/12 1:18 PM, "Karen Coyle" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> And I presume that you have quantitative evidence to show that.
> 
> kc
> 
> On 9/20/12 8:49 AM, Sean Hannan wrote:
>> Every one of these sites is not going to work for everyone.
>> 
>> Please conduct your own user research for your own audience.
>> 
>> Our users, for example, have no interest in visualizations of search
>> results.
>> 
>> Our researchers actually want just a list of results. They are compiling
>> bibliographies or reading lists and they honestly just want a really long
>> page of titles and authors of what we have.
>> 
>> -Sean
>> 
>> On 9/20/12 11:03 AM, "Karen Coyle" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> 
>>> Every one of this suggestions has one major flaw, IMO. The primary
>>> result of a search is a big set of bibliographic records -- more than
>>> the user can possible look through. In some of them there are facets
>>> available, but in no case is there any useful analysis of set in a
>>> visualization that would allow the user to get a picture of what she has
>>> retrieved. I'm thinking timelines, a la' WorldCat Identities or the Open
>>> Library subject pages [1]. Also, none of them tell the user more about
>>> the person or subject or work that they have retrieved. (At least, in
>>> the views that I have seen.) I really think that lists of manifestations
>>> just aren't good enough when searches bring up hundreds of results.
>>> 
>>> kc
>>> [1] some examples:
>>> http://openlibrary.org/subjects/halley%27s_comet
>>> http://openlibrary.org/subjects/place:istanbul_%28turkey%29
>>> and see others at: http://openlibrary.org/subjects
>>> or look for your favorites
>>> 
>>> 
>>> On 9/20/12 6:03 AM, Hamilton, Gill wrote:
>>>> My current fav is Digital NZ
>>>> http://www.digitalnz.org/
>>>> 
>>>> Gill
>>>> ----------------------------------
>>>> Gill Hamilton
>>>> Digital Access Manager
>>>> National Library of Scotland
>>>> Edinburgh, Scotland
>>>> [log in to unmask]
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of
>>>> Tania Fersenheim
>>>> Sent: 19 September 2012 20:00
>>>> To: [log in to unmask]
>>>> Subject: [CODE4LIB] Seeking examples of outstanding discovery layers
>>>> 
>>>> Got a favorite discovery interface?  Send me the URL
>>>> 
>>>> I am doing some quick & dirty investigation into libraries that have
>>>> successfully and elegantly integrated discovery of various resources,
>>>> e.g.:
>>>> 
>>>>    - library catalog
>>>>    - federated indexing service such as  Serials Solutions or Primo
>>>> Central, or a federated search system like Metalib
>>>>    - ejournals
>>>>    - ebooks
>>>>    - libguides
>>>>    - library web site
>>>>    - worldcat local
>>>>    - that kind o' stuff
>>>> 
>>>> I am looking for sites that are both nice to look at and seem easy to
>>>> use.  I will assume that if you're touting your own site it is
>>>> technologically sophisticated.  :-D  Got any faves?
>>>> 
>>>> Tania
>>>> 

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