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The State of Discovery-NISO Plus


The user journey to Discovery: tips for content providers

We usually hear that is not the destination but the journey what is important. Is this also applicable when we talk about Discovery in the context of the scholarly communication?

10 years of discovery services implementation and digital publishing development have altered the library technological scene, users’ expectations, and scholarly communication actor’s interactions. Covid-19 pandemic also highly impacted many areas of the scholarly communication specially delivery and discovery.

This presentation will be of interest to content providers, librarians and service vendors. This presentation will contribute to the understanding of what is Discovery and what content providers can/should do to contribute to the discovery of their own content and per consequence improve the experience of end users.

This presentation will contribute to the understanding of the basics on Discovery but also provide a check list of what content providers should do to excel in this field. From metadata providers to partnerships, content providers have an essential role on Discovery but how much are they responsible of the success of the Discovery users’ journeys? What can they do and why?

Trekking Into the Semantic Frontier

Users want library discovery to be precise and intuitive. And solutions on the open web have natural language and contextual semantic search capabilities enabling them to understand users and return lots of information. But many of these tools lack precision. Their results reflect popular searches, but what if a user is looking for something unpopular? What if the user is focused on a very specific aspect of a topic, or researching an unknown relationship between two different topics?

This is where libraries have the advantage. Libraries have rich metadata. Discovery services can look for subject tags. So, discovery users aren’t flooded with irrelevant results that were called up because they share keywords with the query. Instead, the discovery service gets what the user wants.

Users should have the best of both worlds: a semantic search capability that combines natural language with discovery’s subject precision. However, while many institutions and companies are working toward achieving semantic search, there are no true standards and definitions of what semantic search is or should be for academic research.

This panel will discuss the problem’s scope, how the library world is addressing this, and suggest how the research community can come together to craft standards.

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Athena Hoeppner is the Discovery Services Librarian at the University of Central Florida, in Orlando. She’s had the good fortune to serve in public services, systems, and technical services roles and to explore professional interests, with an emphasis on information standards and technologies to improve library and vendor operations and enhance access to content for individuals. Athena serves on the COUNTER Technical Advisory Group, the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) Information Policy Analytics Committee, and NISO Architecture Committee.
Daniel W. Eller is Electronic Resources Librarian, Liaison and Instruction: Behavioral Science, Mathematics, and Engineering, Oral Roberts University. He is a socially engaged faculty librarian with more than a decade of specialized experience in serving academic libraries through reference, research, and managing the life cycle of electronic materials. His primary research interest concerns the intersect of critical hermeneutics (the study of how ideology and power impact understanding and interpretation) and information-seeking behavior.
Getaneh is a Cataloguing & Metadata Librarian at Solent University. He co-authored a book entitled “An Emergent Theory of Digital Library Metadata: Enrich then Filter (Chandos Publishing, 2015), published more than 20 peer-reviewed articles on metadata, digital libraries, open access, Linked Data and Web 2.0 technologies. He served as a member of IFLA’s Linked Data Technical Sub-Committee (LIDATEC) and programme chair of International Conference on Metadata and Semantics Research - MTSR-2017 in Tallinn and workshop chair of MTSR-2018 in Cyprus.  He is also an editorial board member of the Journal of Librarianship and Information Science and International Journal of Metadata, Semantics and Ontologies.
Lisa Kallman Hopkins is an associate librarian at Texas A&M University-Central Texas in Killeen near Fort Hood. She is the head of Technical Services and assistant dean of University Library and serves as the university copyright specialist and one of the university copyeditors.
MAGALY BASCONES has over 15 years’ experience in metadata and discovery management in libraries, a content provider and Jisc. Magaly has participated in various NISO working groups and Standing Committees and she is also part of the ABES Scientific Committee (France). Currently works for OpenAthens as Business Development Manager for Latin America and Europe.
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