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Use Cases and Prerequisite Data

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I recently wrote a blog post “clarification of the two use cases”. I also send this as an email to the community of users who had expressed an interest in the project, in order to better understand the expectations of the community. Many of the respondents were interested in both use cases, though some were interested either only in use case 1 or only interested in use case 2.

A prerequisite for use case 1 (Identifying new content) is a list of authors name: Though some IRs would be able to provide this data upon request, other institutions would be unable to populate such a list.

One IR manager commented “I see a stumbling point insofar as you need a list of authors. Even if I can get hold of a list of all researchers at [name of institution], they may sometimes publish using their full name, sometimes with initials, sometimes with first name and middle initial etc.”  This will be a challenge for the project and is being investigated by the NicNames project.

Use Case 2: enhancing metadata of deposited papers has a prerequisite of basic metadata about the article (such as title/description/journal etc). Most repositories would be able to provide this information either through OAI-PMH, RSS Feeds or through both methods.

Written by lisa

September 14th, 2009 at 5:22 pm