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Tracy L. Thompson Executive Director NELLCO tracy.thompson@yale 603-357-3385

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  1. Tracy L. Thompson Executive Director NELLCO tracy.thompson@yale.edu 603-357-3385

  2. Next Generation Discovery An Alternative to Traditional Federated Searching

  3. Universal Search Solution Goal Build, in a collaborative environment, a one-box search application that will allow legal researchers to find relevant content (as defined by collection development standards), both print and electronic, with a single search query and without reference to the OPAC or A-Z list as starting points.

  4. Federated Search and NELLCO • 2004 Reference Interest Group – BU • Why do our users need federated search? • Our users go to Westlaw, Lexis and Google (the ‘anchors’)

  5. The Information ‘Mall’

  6. Federated Search and NELLCO • 2004 Reference Interest Group – BU • Why do our users need federated search? • Our users go to Westlaw, Lexis and Google (the ‘anchors’) • Miss out on ‘boutique’ resources • Current discovery (out)mode is through OPACs and A-Z lists • We need to steer researchers to relevant resources • Enhance scholarship • Justify budgets

  7. Fed Search Paradigm • Real-time search across multiple databases • User enters search string • Search is broadcast to ALL associated databases, regardless of content • Search string is translated into native search language • Search results are delivered as they are retrieved

  8. Federated Search

  9. Problems with the Paradigm • Excessive/unnecessary vendor server traffic – scattershot approach • Search may not translate as expected • Difficulty ranking – first-in-time delivery • Difficulty de-duping • Skewed usage statistics

  10. An Alternative Approach • FPLC committee began exploring enterprise search technology • Developed for fortune 500 companies • Intended for searching proprietary content • Examples • Google’s GSA • Thunderstone’s Enterprise Search Appliance • Vivisimo • Endeca

  11. Enterprise Search Paradigm • Host creates local index of content • Searcher enters search string • Search is run against the index • Search results are displayed • Results link to content, not index

  12. Enterprise Search

  13. The Vision • Enterprise search applied across ALL electronic content sources • OPAC • Third-party (paid) resources • Free web • Internal datasets • Keep the librarian involved in collection development/selection • Harness NELLCO’s leverage/vendor relationships?

  14. Publisher Benefits? More relevant exposure for their content Reduced server traffic Representative usage stats

  15. Money • 2007 – Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership Grant - $374k • 1 to 1 matching required • 2 year grant period - 12/07-11/09 • Project total @$850k

  16. Technical Expertise • Open source solution • Development Partner – IndexData – Danish-based library solution developer

  17. Human Resources • Project Coordinator – Carl Grant • NELLCO ED and Admin. Assist. • Project Committee – • Chaired by Roberta Woods (FPLC) • Members appointed by Directors • 10% time commitment over two years • 5 members represent library types • Grad. intern from Syracuse • Participating member libraries • Participating vendor/publishers

  18. The Plan • Secure vendor and member commitments • Develop best practices – cookbooks • Develop interfaces • one box GUI (but advanced search will be supported) • Admin. interfaces • Design by committee

  19. The Plan • Develop authentication scheme • Two layers • Authenticate the user to the index (NELLCO) • Identifies user for correct resource ‘menu’ • Authenticate the user to the resource (Vendor or library) • Identifies user as authorized user of content

  20. The Plan • Build the index – OAI-PMH protocol • OPACs • Local content • Free web resources vetted by members • Subscription/fee-based resources • 20 vendors during proof of concept phase • 5 currently committed • Commitments required by 4/1/08

  21. The Plan • Launch beta by end of 08 • Evaluate • Troubleshoot and modify • Evaluate • Grant period ends 11/09 • Proof of concept = sustainability?

  22. Thank you! Questions? tracy.thompson@yale.edu 603-357-3385