University library 3.0

We will be celebrating in two weeks time (January 27)  the first anniversary of our new University library. It is a good occasion for a quick evaluation of the impact in the university life and I’m going to do so with a vision of future online access to scholarly content. In particular, I will mention the efforts that are being carried out in order to make the new library a true library 2.0, but I will also suggest how to go beyond the 2.0 model so as to approach a much more effective 3.0 model.

Library 3.0

Actions taken to become 2.0 fall under the scope of a consultancy firm, that cooperates with the University’s own computing service. My proposals to approach a 3.0 model would need partnership with research teams (inside or outside the Univeristy) specialized on knowledge extraction and language engineering.

Beyond library 2.0

Last year I discussed library 2.0 in three venues (see posts  Deusto’s new Library 2.0 and My beautiful library V):

My colleague Lorena Fernández (who is the person in charge of the project, from the University’s computing office) assisted to the third, but missed the first. Shame! She has written a couple of posts on the topic: Catálogos caseros en la nube (2010.01.03) and Día de la Biblioteca (2009.10.24). In the former she reviews aNobii and LibraryThing, two well known social bookmarking tools for books. This shows she is looking at common 2.0 facilities, which is great. But I need to express my own wishes beyond 2.0:

  1. Digitalization of the library’s exclusive book collection and UD journals: yes, why not?, in cooperation with GoogleBooks. Deusto already has a corporative license to use Google apps, so why not extend that agreement further?
  2. Rendering of digitalized text into XML/TEI and RDF. This will need some explanation, but basically it means that the digitalized text goes beyond mere plain ASCII text
  3. Named entity and specialized term extraction
  4. Mapping of those terms into folksonomies and taxonomies (i.e. catalogs)
  5. Mapping of taxonomies into relevant ontologies, eg. DBpedia
  6. Automatic reference extraction (eg. into BibTeX format, as GoogleScholar does)
  7. Automatic cross-reference, as CiteSeer, DBLP, WoK, and others do
  8. Croos-reference extraction from those services
  9. Integration into local reference management software (eg. ZOTERO), or user’s own online services (Citeulike, Bibsonomy, Connotea)
  10. Integration of GoogleScholar
  11. Development of a scholarly knowledge fragmentation tool
  12. Scientific conversation on the cloud

I’m going to explain now briefly what I mean for the scholarly or scientific knowledge fragmentation tool.

The Twitter lesson

We have learned from Twitter many things recently, but to me one of the most relevant things is that short texts are more efficient on the web than longer ones: shorter is better on the web.

Now there is a growing family of new short texts genres on the web including:

These are particularly well suited for the Linking Data project, which is very interesting. But I’m going to talk about their effect on a new trend of scientific conversation, which is in debt with Twitter.

Dynamic scientific discourse

What we are about to see in the near future is a new form of scientific discourse emerging from scientific snippets or tweets, much as there emerge conversations on the twittersphere.

In order to achieve such a conversation we will need to fragment scholarly papers and articles into more suitable knowledge pieces or atoms. Such atoms should include not only the content (sentences would be candidates for such atomic units) but also contextual metadata (author, title, date, publication, eg. as in Dublin Core) as well as cross-references (who quotes who, why and how, as in CiteSeer).

After fragmentation, we would  just let them fly and reach the conceptual cloud, a global cloud of knowledge tweets in which a global scientific conversation will take place.


3 thoughts on “University library 3.0

  1. Francisco Javier Sanjurjo

    Yo terminé la carrera de Filología Inglesa (descanse en paz) en el año 98 y es increible y envidiable los progresos que se han hecho desde entonces en todo lo relacionado con la Biblioteca, que era en algunos aspectos medieval… una posible mejora en relación con la biblioteca es el acceso a los antiguos alumnos al carnet de usuario de forma electrónica. En coordinación con las asociaciones de antiguos alumnos y con la propia secretaría de la UD se podría trabajar en automatizarlo de modo que el trámite de obtención de dicho carnet no implique tener que presentar el título de licenciado de forma física o desplazarse a hacer el trámite a la Biblioteca.

    De todos modos seguro que me falta información así que si alguien nos puede iluminar…

    Un saludo a Joseba Abaitua (del que fui alumno en varias ocasiones) y a los que lean este blog.

  2. loretahur

    Joseba, me apunto tus sugerencias (y me apunto el comentario de Francisco Javier). Aún estoy intentando empaparme de lo que ahora mismo tenemos para poner en marcha cosas nuevas en consonancia. Por ejemplo, un metabuscador para integrar en un único lugar todos los recursos con los que contamos; un lugar donde se puedan consultar y filtrar por categorías y etiquetas las nuevas adquisiciones, etc…

    Tengo también pendiente mandaros un correo a gente cercana sobre ideas de mejora.

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