Collaborative Project: Assessing the User-base and Expanding the Usability/ Reach of the Analytical Sciences Digital Library through Developmental Workshops
Project Award Date: 04-06-2005
Common search engines do not indicate the quality, validity, or authority of any particular site, so that inaccurate, incomplete, or biased information may be the easiest "hit" for uninformed or unsuspecting students. These limitations prompted us to develop ASDL [Analytical Sciences Digital Library], which can be accessed at www.asdlib.org. ASDL is a peer-reviewed collection of Web-based resources for students, teachers and practitioners of analytical chemistry and related disciplinary fields (henceforth referred to as our "user community"] that are focused on the science of chemical measurements and instrumentation (CM&I).
We plan to develop an automatic system for harvesting Websites, by creating topic-specific spiders to constantly monitor the ability for users to reach digital resources in the library. We will also develop an intelligent assistant to allow editors to create the associated metadata much more efficiently based on a combination of mining information from the Web pages themselves and tracking the actions of the editors as they annotate similar content. Dr. Susan Susan Gauch, project Co-PI with expertise in intelligent Internet search and online learning, will be responsible for the development of these software tools. This system will dramatically improve the efficiency for our editorial staff. We expect that the improved efficiencies will greatly increase the rate at which new content is added, increasing the depth and breadth of the collection.
In collaboration with KU Dept. of Chemistry and the University of Illinois-Urbana.
Faculty Investigator(s): Susan Gauch
Primary Sponsor(s): University of California