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  1. From Topic to Text: The Evolution of reSearcher, An Integrated Open Source Software Project Kevin Stranack, Consortial Support Librarian kstranac@sfu.ca Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries

  2. Outline • What is reSearcher? • Where Did It Come From? • Federated Searching • Serials Management • Link Resolving • Bibliographic Management • Why Open Source? • Future Directions • Further Information

  3. What is reSearcher? • Integrated, open source software suite • Designed to ease resource discovery, access, and management • Used throughout Western Canada • Funded by COPPUL and SFU • Development team located at SFU • Participation from many COPPUL libraries

  4. Where Did It Come From? • Originally developed at SFU (OJAC) • Adopted by COPPUL • Became “reSearcher” • GODOT • Citation Manager • dbWiz • CUFTS

  5. Federated Searching: dbWiz • Lead Developer: Calvin Mah, SFU • One source searches multiple targets • Developed for COPPUL as a prototype • Currently funded by nine COPPUL members and ELN • Expected release: Summer 2005

  6. dbWiz: What can it search? • Library catalogues • Subscription databases • Free web-based databases • Selected web sites • Internet search engines • Institutional repositories

  7. dbWiz: Why use it? • Convenient • Easy to use • Customizable • Ability to create subject specific categories

  8. dbWiz: Screenshots • http://www.theresearcher.ca/dbWiz2/dbWizPrototypePage1.html

  9. Serials Management: CUFTS • Lead Developer: Todd Holbrook, SFU • Serials knowledge base • 245+ collections • Aggregators • Electronic publishers • Association publishers • Open access content

  10. CUFTS: Why use it? • Single source of serials information • Centrally updated • Static A-Z lists • Dynamic serials database • MARC records • Collection comparison reports • Full-text link resolving

  11. CUFTS: Demonstration • Knowledge base • http://lib-cufts.lib.sfu.ca/CUFTS/maint.cgi • Public CUFTS site • http://cufts.lib.sfu.ca/ • A-Z list (Winter 2005) • Prototype • In development • Serials database (Spring 2005) • Prototype

  12. Link Resolving: GODOT • Lead Developer: Kristina Long, SFU • Places a link in your online databases • Searches local and remote catalogues • Works with CUFTS for full-text linking • Interoperates with many ILS and ILL systems • 1999 CACUL Innovation Achievement Award winner

  13. GODOT: Why use it? • OpenURL version 0.1 compliant • Works with all major sources • Facilitates resource sharing and cooperation • Maximizes use of often hidden resources • Recently redesigned • Highly customizable user interface • Convenient and easy to use

  14. GODOT: Demonstration • CSA user interface

  15. GODOT: More Sources - EBSCO

  16. GODOT: More Sources - ISI

  17. GODOT: More Sources - WebSPIRS

  18. GODOT: More Sites • University of Winnipeg • Concordia University College • Brandon University

  19. GODOT: Demonstration • Administrative interface

  20. Bibliographic Management: Citation Manager • Lead Developer: Todd Holbrook, SFU • Web-based database of citations • Personal or group use • Imported from GODOT • Imported from external list or directly • 2003 CACUL Innovation Achievement Award winner

  21. Citation Manager: Why Use it? • Easy to use • Securely store, organize, share • Accessible from anywhere • Exports to commercial products • Available to alumni

  22. Citation Manager: Demo • Simon Fraser University • Centre for Dialogue

  23. Why Open Source? • Stable • Lower costs • Facilitates collaborative development • Allows for community input and decision-making • Contributes to the wider library community

  24. Future Directions • Creating a long-term open source business model • Increased promotion/marketing • Encourage participation from wider open source community • Adding functionality • Expanding resources searched

  25. Further Information • Kevin Stranack: Consortial Support Librarian • 604.291.3037 • kstranac@sfu.ca • http://www.theresearcher.ca