TAG, MB, KD met in last week of info-gathering, Apr. 13. - talked about what we've learned so far, looked ahead to what we still need to know for presentation

  • Presentation: will need to start out with definitions / clarification.
    • discovery layer / metasearch / federated search.
    • they don't necessarily combine the catalog with databases.
    • give scope/range of what they can and can't search.
    • overall, how would this help the user?
      • incorporate matt's usability studies?

    • end with a series of steps WERE WE to do this?
      • resources (people, $)
      • what we'd want to search
  • ENGAGING PEOPLE
  • use wiki to get feedback?
  • CLARIFY pre-presentation: how does the decision get made to further explore this or not?
  • Purpose of presentation: get conversation started in library, give people an idea of the landscape.
  • Products we've looked into are not exhaustive, but we got the big ones.
  • MB: sees a lot of commonality between features
  • TG: instability of support in open source - undergoing transition
    • don't get new features if it's no longer supported.
    • TG: makes you concerned about committing to the product during a time of transition.
  • KD: mylibrary/lib-guides-like thing: Piratesource vs. Supjects plus - transistion of opensource project responsibility
  • MB: metalib server is a mylibrary type thing.
  • TG: some of them state products that they have compatibility with - Explorit (Deep Web/stanford) said inmagic?
  • MB: a couple mentioned being able to search oai-harvestable stuff
  • explain to people discovery interface vs. fed search
    • examples!
    • fed search products all mention faceting
  • even within products, it's hard to tell what they do.

Stuff we might want to search together:
  • Databases!
  • Archives
    • campus pub / image database (inmagic)
    • finding aids on the web (HTML / PDF)
    • web resources (HTML)
  • Digitool
  • Catalog
  • e-journals (list of titles)
  • Architecture
    • Saskia
    • others?
  • web pages / locally-created content?

Before next step:
  • is it even worth investigating if we don't know whether we'll have the resources (human, financial, technical?) to support it?