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With virtually unlimited amounts of information online buried in newspapers, company websites, library databases, and Government Agencies, the ability to locate and review relevant content is challenging. Fortunately, advanced ¡°Curation¡± processes can solve this.
Curation is defined as the action or process of selecting, organizing, and maintaining items in a collection or exhibition. It¡¯s used in many ways across several industries and sectors. At 兴发足球真人 Technologies, content curation consists of finding information most relevant to you and your audience from a multitude of sources using federated search, reviewing the content to identify the most relevant articles, and then sharing it strategically via your communication channels.
For example, perhaps you are a Librarian or Researcher that regularly receives requests for information on topics by its patrons or perhaps you work for a Company that generates weekly emails featuring the week¡¯s most interesting articles on its industry. In each case, 兴发足球真人 Technologies can support and enhance these activities by deploying its proprietary tools incorporated within its Explorit Everywhere! application.
The Explorit Everywhere! application is the most powerful and reliable federated search solution available, bringing efficiency, accuracy, and focus to your knowledge discovery process. With our state-of-the-art Incremental Search module and Relevancy ranker, you can locate and distill the most relevant results within seconds from your most important premium, internal, and public resources. Explorit Everywhere! is the perfect tool to reduce the time you spend hunting for and filtering information, ensuring that the most valuable knowledge is not overlooked. In this article, we take a closer look at how an analyst in the automotive industry would curate content using some of its featured tools; namely MyLibrary, Content Moderator and APIs.
MyLibrary – 兴发足球真人 Technologies recently expanded the MyLibrary feature of Explorit Everywhere! to include content curation. When a user performs a search in the application, they can select potentially interesting results to export into MyLibrary.
The ¡®Export Results¡¯ button also allows a user to export and file all results returned by a search to a folder in MyLibrary (much like a filing cabinet). Users can then select the folder for the topic they are interested in to view and read the exported search results of interest.
From here, the user can begin reviewing and screening the content by clicking either the green checkmark to accept the most relevant articles that are most relevant or the red X button (optional) for those results of no interest. Once reviewed, the user clicks the ¡°Curate Results¡± button to accept or discard according to their selections. MyLibrary will then create subfolders for that topic folder consisting of the accepted and discarded results from the user. Results in a subfolder can be reassigned at any time so if there is a discarded search record that needs to be accepted or marked as unreviewed, the user can simply go to the record in the subfolder and reassign it. The curated results are then saved within the user¡¯s MyLibrary account and accessible at any time.
In our automotive industry example, suppose the analyst searched for the term ¡°UK Automotive¡±. The search returned several results but, since these results are based on ranking the relevancy of an article, the analyst decided to export the first 20 results to MyLibrary for review. Upon review, the analyst discovered 3 very important articles that were exactly what they were looking for to present to their Management. By accepting the 3 articles into MyLibrary using our content curation feature, the analyst will immediately be able to access them at any time, perform additional searches that can be exported to MyLibrary for that original search topic, and will keep the analyst organized when it’s time for any future search and review. Results in an accepted folder can be printed or emailed to any supervisor or colleague.
Content Moderator Tool – a more technical and automated approach to how 兴发足球真人 Technologies helps with curating content is via its Content Moderator Tool. This allows users to create several search queries and automatically feeds ranked, deduplicated results to your MyLibrary topic folders, allowing you to immediately begin the curation process. These queries are typically scheduled to run daily and set-up to search for content from the past two days, past week, etc. They can be triggered manually, individually, or all at once. Users can also view when the last run of the query was and how many articles that search retrieved by viewing its log within the tool. There is no limit on how many different queries can be created and the results that are returned from each search are based on ranking the relevancy of the article. Users do not have to worry about receiving duplicate articles, as ¡°deduping¡± log is embedded as a processing step. This becomes a valuable feature as articles from a previous day can sometimes appear again in the future, particularly if re-posted, and ensures that duplicate results are not stored in MyLibrary.
The Content Moderator Tool is convenient for users that receive requests for information on multiple topics and for reducing the time it takes to create manual searches within the Explorit Everywhere! application. In our Automotive example, since each area of focus has its own topic folder in the MyLibrary account, the analyst can create several search queries for different focus areas. Using the Content Moderator tool will reduce the time it takes for the analyst to search for articles on each topic and they can start immediately reviewing the articles for curation.
API – an API is available with the Content Moderator tool to run all queries within the tool and can be set to run on a daily basis. Additionally, an API is available within the MyLibrary application of Explorit Everywhere! to retrieve accepted articles for a specific topic in order to either populate a dashboard or automatically export to another application. In our automotive example, the analyst could readily use the API from MyLibrary for all accepted news articles that are less than 3 days old to be retrieved and then populate an automotive industry dashboard accessible by all colleagues across their organization.
兴发足球真人 Technologies offers sophisticated tools to curate information by making it easily retrievable for those who want to make it a smooth process. Want to learn more about how 兴发足球真人 Technologies can curate content? Schedule a consultation with us today!
兴发足球真人 Technologies is proud to announce that Stanford Libraries has a featured blog article titled ¡°Databases of the week – Accelerate your research by using xSearch, Funding Resources, and Chemical Safety search¡± in their latest post on the Stanford Libraries Blog.
In the article, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Librarian Grace Baysinger discusses the challenges researchers face when looking for information and advocates the need for federated search for current students, faculty, and staff at Stanford. ¡°Developed by Stanford Libraries and 兴发足球真人 Technologies, these databases are grouped by subject categories and multiple subject categories can be searched at one time. Up to 100 citations are available from each database and the information is retrieved in real-time,¡± says Baysinger.
Baysinger later goes on to describe the three customized databases that Stanford and 兴发足球真人 Technologies developed and the advantages to each of them. The three databases are xSearch, Funding Resources, and Chemical Safety Search.
Stanford University is a long-term 兴发足球真人 Technologies customer and the xSearch application is our largest Federated Search application, searching up to 340+ databases all at once.
Want to learn more about our federated search applications?
兴发足球真人 Technologies has built a number of showcase federated search applications that are publicly available. Try one or more and have your own experience here.
MIT alum Abe Lederman will introduce DeepResearchTM, a unique partnership between 兴发足球真人 Technologies (DWT) and UK-based business intelligence firm AMPLYFI, at the MIT Information and Communications Tech Conference on April 9th. DWT is one of only six startups selected to show off their next generation technology.
The conference will gather senior executives from Global 1000 corporations and will focus on the theme Digital Frontier – technologies utilizing AI, machine learning, data/analytics and other innovations that are leading the digital transformation.
The DeepResearchTM collaboration leverages DWT’s extensive experience in developing and commercializing leading edge search capabilities and AMPLYFI’s deep machine learning expertise.
As a real-time surface and deep web discovery system, DeepResearchTM provides the high-quality content that is used by AMPLYFI’s DataVoyantTM product. DataVoyantTM combines surface and deep web harvesting with sophisticated machine and deep learning technologies to amplify emerging trends, call out potential disruptions or disruptors, and investigate relationships and dependencies between topics to establish correlations, clusters, enablers, and key players.
DWT and AMPLYFI are excited for the opportunity to introduce the fruits of their new collaboration to the Global 1000 senior executives at the MIT conference and to our customers.
I introduced the journal engagement platform BrowZine in this blog article and shared our excitement about how our platform Explorit Everywhere! and BrowZine complement one another well.
兴发足球真人 Technologies (DWT) is proud to be partnering with Third Iron to integrate journal engagement into Explorit Everywhere! This means that we¡¯re making it possible for libraries and other organizations to extend the power of searching to view your results through the lens of BrowZine. Note: Libraries need to subscribe to the BrowZine service to use its features.
In this article, I want to introduce new features that further deepen the integration between?Third?Iron and 兴发足球真人 Technologies, improving the user experience.
Third?Iron?recently announced LibKey, a service that delivers one-click access to open access and subscribed PDFs for thousands of journals and millions of articles.?The LibKey feature is now available in Explorit Everywhere! so users may go directly from search results directly to the PDF, saving users the steps otherwise required to get to full text.?In addition, Explorit Everywhere! will incorporate journal cover images from over 20,000 journals in the search results, further enriching the user experience.?While this latter feature is not new, the packaging of the two features together is new.
DWT recently added a couple of new features to Explorit Everywhere! to better support BrowZine integration. First, we added a direct link to a PDF (where supported by the publisher and journal.) Whereas clicking on a result title may take you to an abstract or another intermediate page, requiring two two three clicks to get to the PDF, clicking on the “PDF via BrowZine” link will take you directly to the full-text PDF. This feature uses BrowZine’s LibKey API to take advantage of their new “one-click PDF” feature.
The second feature we introduced was to add hover text to journal cover images that give the Scimago Journal Rank (SJR) for a particular journal. Clicking on the journal cover image takes you to the current issue of the journal.
DWT is delighted to deepen our relationship with Third Iron and to improve our users’ experience with Explorit Everywhere! and BrowZine.
The WorldWideScience Alliance will be hosting its annual meeting and 10th-anniversary celebration on September 10, 2018. DWT founder and president Abe Lederman will be presenting ¡°Explorit! Everywhere: The Search Technology Behind WorldWideScience.org¡± at the celebration.
Per their website, ¡°The WorldWideScience Alliance provides a geographically-diverse, governance structure to promote and build upon the original vision of a global science gateway.¡± WorldWideScience.org is proud to have 75 countries participating to provide access to curated content from 67 English language sources, 20 multilingual sources, 16 data sources, and 7 multimedia sources.
This year¡¯s meeting and celebration are at the British Library in London. The location is significant in the history of WorldWideScience, as the British Library was where the WorldWideScience.org concept originated in 2007 with the initial US/UK bilateral signing taking place there. The multilateral Alliance was formalized in South Korea a year later.
Abe Lederman was proud to attend that first meeting in London in 2007 and also the meeting in South Korea in 2008 and he¡¯s honored to return ten years later to help celebrate the success of WorldWideScience.org.
Update – 9/10/18: Abe Lederman is pictured here at the Alliance meeting.
Abe and I wrote an article for the Journal of Chemical Health and Safety documenting DWT’s work to develop a chemical safety gateway. That article was just published by Elsevier. Free access to the article is available to anyone who clicks on this link before June 7, 2018.
We developed the initial version of the chemical safety gateway in collaboration with Stanford University and?blogged about that effort. Stanford Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Librarian Grace Baysinger blogged about the gateway?as well. In her blog article, Baysinger introduces the portal.
Chemists need a wide array of information before doing experimental work in the lab.? To help them find chemical safety information they need more effectively and efficiently, a?Chemical Safety Portal?was created that searches multiple resources at one time.? Developed in collaboration with 兴发足球真人 Technologies, this search site includes 60+ resources.
While safety data resources and safety data sheets form the core of the collection, eBooks and eJournals are full-text searchable, allowing researchers to find data in reference books or methods and protocols in journal articles.? Citation databases are also included to help find articles and syntheses and reaction databases, most that contain curated information, are also included to help users locate experimental conditions and methods. ? Websites from EH&S units at other campuses plus information form the ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety and the U.S. Chemical Safety Board will help users find information such as training materials, standard operating procedures, and lessons learned.
After deploying the gateway to Stanford,?we created a public demonstration version.?Abe delivered a presentation to participants of the American Chemical Society National Meeting in April of 2017 introducing the portal and the motivation for developing it. The slides are available for download.
The Elsevier article explains that the motivation for developing the chemical safety gateway (and for distributed search in general) is to bypass a number of Google’s major search deficiencies which make it hard to find accurate and reliable information. In the context of chemical safety, it’s not a luxury to provide the right information. The five Google limitations we discuss include biased ranking, the filter bubble (i.e. personalized results that exclude other potentially relevant items), lack of curation, missing relevant content from the deep web, and no ability to group related results or to filter them.
Back in 2013, we wrote about the challenge of getting library patrons to favor federated search solutions over the deficient Google and Google Scholar search experiences. We even created a presentation on the subject.
Five years later we find that patrons, especially college undergraduates, prefer to be ignorant. So, in a last-ditch effort to improve our bottom line, we’ve introduced a new feature to Explorit Everywhere! which we’ve dubbed Fake Articles Sometimes! ™ What we’ve learned from years in the business is that entertainment sells more than facts. So, the plan is to sprinkle in some believable but fake academic articles, into our search results. And, we’ll throw in some retracted articles as well. The trick, we’ve determined, is to not have too many or too few of such articles. We want just enough of them to motivate those undergraduates to keep coming back to our applications. We’ve learned a thing or two from Pavlov.
Our student users can think of these fake articles as Easter eggs of sorts that are fun to try and find. We might even take some of the proceeds from this new “has to succeed” effort and give it back to the students in the form of cash prizes.
We expect to have no problems finding links to bad science articles. We’ll start with trending articles on Facebook and also pick the top results from scientific Google searches.
April Fools Day, Everyone!
DWT has launched a new website dedicated to evidence-based medicine (EBM). ebm-search.com aims to provide resources about EBM and to introduce medical researchers and practitioners to our new technology offering in the EBM space.
EBM is the mindful use of modern technology to bring the best relevant medical information to bedside clinical decisions. Our About page introduces the subject and a key component of the EBM model, the evidence pyramid.
Explorit! EBM is our focused search engine in the EBM space. Our product fact sheet goes into further detail about EBM, the evidence pyramid, and our search technology, including its features and benefits. We also have a slide presentation introducing Explorit! EBM.
DWT developed Explorit! EBM in collaboration with Dr. Samuel Keim, MD, MSc, Professor, and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the College of Medicine, Tucson, at the University of Arizona and with library staff at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library.
Our Resources menu includes links to academic articles, presentations, LibGuides, videos, podcasts, and other EBM-related information that we’ve curated from the Web. Our News page links to recent articles about EBM.
We have a gallery of screenshots from our deployment at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library. And, if you want to test-drive Explorit! EBM, we have a demo application. The demo is limited to non-subscription sources. Our deployed solutions search many more sources including specialty-specific textbooks and databases as shown in our Sample Resources page. As of this writing, our applications search 33 medical specialties.
Today, February 28, is Rare Disease Day. The Rare Disease Day website explains:
The main objective of Rare Disease Day is to raise awareness amongst the general public and decision-makers about rare diseases and their impact on patients’ lives.
The website lists thousands of awareness-raising events worldwide.
One of our customers, Raremark, is doing its part to help patients who are suffering from rare diseases.
If you are affected by a rare disease, you are not alone. Raremark shares the latest medical research and the experience of your community to help you make informed choices.
Raremark has resources to help patients and their families learn about rare conditions, learn about opportunities to participate in paid research, and to influence how treatments are developed. To provide the best disease information to community members, Raremark uses DWT’s search API to search the Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, ClinicalTrials.gov and other authoritative sources and presents the results in their own user interface.
Raremark users select a community to explore.
They then search within that community.
Search results are presented right in the community website.
Users can click through to the authoritative sites to read the articles.
You can learn more about how Raremark collaborated with us to implement their search solution in our guest article with Alex Garner, Product Owner at Raremark.
And, you can learn more about our contribution to searching medical literature at our evidence-based medicine Explorit! EBM website.
We’ve written before about University of the Arts London (UAL), a customer we’ve worked with quite closely over the past several years. In particular, when we write about usability, we frequently use screenshots from their federated search application. Here is a good article featuring UAL. And, here’s another one.
UAL came onto our radar once again when we learned of this journal article: Discovering the F-Word. Article author Paul Mellinger, Discovery Manager (Resources & Systems) for UAL’s Library Services, tells why they picked federated search over discovery services even while they were already using a discovery service.
In the article…
Mellinger explains why University of the Arts London¡¯s library service decided to move to a next-generation federated search engine, at a time when most academic library services are moving to, or already using, a web-scale discovery product.
UAL went against the trend toward discovery services and Mellinger’s “F Word” article is a good case study for why the “one shoe fits all” approach doesn’t work. We’ve written a ton about discovery services and their pitfalls so I won’t repeat what’s in past articles. A couple of good articles on the subject are this one and this one.
Now, let me introduce some novel ideas that Mr. Mellinger brings forth.
One rather embarrassing experience that surfaced in a UAL e-library review was the occurrence of dead links.
… the occurrence of supposed full-text results leading to dead links was far too regular to inspire confidence in the underlying search system. Not only did it cause frustration to the end-users but it caused a great deal of discomfort and embarrassment to those members of library staff involved in information skills delivery programmes.
This is particularly disturbing when the discovery service provider controls the distribution of the content it’s linking to.
Another UAL concern was the lack of stated provenance from their discovery service.
Despite the assurances of RDS vendors about the decreasing importance of databases as brands, our students, because they were being directed to specific databases by their teachers, wanted to know why, if they performed a certain search in a named database, it tended to produce very different results from the same search performed via the RDS [resource discovery service].
And, here’s the flip side of how our federated search system instills confidence at UAL.
Since federated search engines actively showcase databases as information sources, they are seen by academic staff as promoting the trusted, curatorial heritage of those authoritative sources that they themselves recognise and promote. Perhaps it is a symptom of the relatively slow pace of arts education, compared to the sciences, but Explorit seems to foster a sense of familiarity and feels congruent with the pedagogical practice at UAL.
That mention of “the relatively slow pace of arts education” got my attention. We’re all addicted to the lightning-fast Google experience and I wondered if UAL students weren’t so hungry for speed. Sure enough, the next paragraph did not disappoint.
… the ability to actually see the databases being searched in real-time [..] grounds [student] understanding of the provenance of results
This is particularly interesting to me because the value of real-time searching is often buried underneath the complaints of real-time searching.
In closing, I should note that UAL is not your typical library. They are both an academic library and a specialized arts library. And, many of the sources they need access to are not going to be included in the discovery services.