20.419 questions on OAIster

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2007 10:00:08 +0000

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 20, No. 419.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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         Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2007 09:13:43 +0000
         From: lachance_at_origin.chass.utoronto.ca (Francois Lachance)
         Subject: Re: 20.417 new on WWW: OAIster Reaches 10 Million Records

Willard, Perry et al.

> Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2007 07:58:30 +0000
> From: "Perry Willett" <pwillett_at_umich.edu>
> >

> Ann Devenish, Publication Services Project Manager at Woods Hole
> Oceanographic Institute, notes that "Harvesting by OAIster is a
> primary 'selling point' when we talk to scientists and researchers
> about the visibility, accessibility, and impact of their
> contributions in an institutional repository. From their own
> experiences they know that a search using one of the popular search
> engines can bring back thousands (if not, millions) of results which
> will require careful and time-consuming screening, with no guarantee
> that they will ever get to the content they seek. A search of

Is this more about how a user uses the publicly available search
engines i.e. ability to focus and narrow a search? Wouldn't a better
selling point be complementarity? That is the proprietary data mining
(metadata processing / harvesting) product in addition to or along
with public search engines. There is many a time where a
pre-post-secondary school project has provided insight.

Francois Lachance, Scholar-at-large
Everyone is a little bit crazy; everyone at some time has a learning
No one is ever a little bit positive.
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