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Library groupware for personalized link routing

By dchud, Section Software
Posted on Wed Jan 28th, 2004 at 06:08:50 PM EST
A few months ago we had a story about linkstacking, which (little did we know) was already quickly becoming known as linklogging. Several folks here joined in and tried out a prototype tool for linklogging which plugs into a well-known weblog toolkit. It's been very interesting to play with, and it's touched off a lot of thinking about architectures and metadata flows and such for several of us. I've written up a summary of some of these issues with a gentle proposal for an architecture to support this on a broader scale. The piece is called "Library Groupware for Bibliographic Lifecycle Management", and the summary is attached in the extended copy.

 

The summary:
"This informal paper proposes that libraries could merge the functions of weblogging, reference management, and link resolution into a new library groupware infrastructure, helping users to better manage the entire lifecycle of the bibliographic research process. Several scenarios explore how such an application suite might help library users by integrating their bibliographic research more closely with communication -- scholarly and otherwise, from private annotation to public discussion. A discussion of related architectural issues suggests a new model of "link routing" to augment "link resolution," and describes how link routing systems could enable library visitors to become users of our groupware services as much as they already are users of the information resources we procure."

I'd like to think that there's a sexier phrase for "personalized link routing" out there, but for now, it is what it is. :P -dchud

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Annotations and link routing increase importance (none / 0) (#1)
by solidstate on Fri Jan 30th, 2004 at 05:48:29 PM EST
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The added value of users marking as worthy and annotating a resource (whether a web page or journal citation) must intrigue the librarian because such highlighting of "links" necessarily also defaults resources without links or annotations to a lower level of worthiness. Just as Internet search engines rank results by some algorithm of popularity/relevance, in the groupware model, those links with more annotations may score higher in the search results.

Just as Amazon, as mentioned in the full article in "The librarian" section, guides users to "people who purchased this book also purchased this other book," the lifecycle groupware model might be pushed into the traditional library public access catalog by privately accomplishing the same thing with circulating books or printing off full text journal articles. Or, add another layer of refinement and only show related resources that have been annotated, whether or not they circulated.

In my own attempts to manage bibliographic research efforts (citations and more; or "Bibliographic reference managers" in the article), I've pondered building a database that would include citations as well as links to online resources or pointers to a scanned document. Instead of building such a beast, I kludge together a varity of tools that may or may not have helpful connections to each other. The concept of the groupware proposal rings as one worthy of further investigation.

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tomli (none / 0) (#3)
by Anonymous Hero on Sun Mar 6th, 2005 at 07:32:43 AM EST

I am very intersted in your subject, but i'm a beginner. So i hope we can often intercourse.led Best Regard!!

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