Academic journal article Information Technology and Libraries

Evaluating Web-Scale Discovery a Step-by-Step Guide

Academic journal article Information Technology and Libraries

Evaluating Web-Scale Discovery a Step-by-Step Guide

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Appendix C. Sample Web-Scale Discovery Evaluation Rubric  Category                 Functionality  Product                  Product A  Requirement              Weight          Score  2.1 Smart searching                      A  2.2 Advanced searching   Weight Scale  2.3 Search limits        1 = Optional  2.4 Faceted browsing     2 = Desired  2.5 Scoped searching     3 = Mandatory  2.6 Visual searching                     Scoring Scale  2.7 Relevancy ranking                    0 = Does not meet  2.8 Deduplication                        1 = Barely meets  2.9 Record grouping                      2 = Partially meets  2.10 Result sorting                      3 = Fully meets  2.11 Item holdings  2.12 OpenURL  2.13 Native record linking  2.14 Output options  2.11 Item holdings  Requirement              Points           Notes  2.1 Smart searching  2.2 Advanced searching   Points =                          Weight x Score  2.3 Search limits  2.4 Faceted browsing                      Explanation and                                           rationale                                           for score  2.5 Scoped searching  2.6 Visual searching  2.7 Relevancy ranking  2.8 Deduplication  2.9 Record grouping  2.10 Result sorting  2.11 Item holdings  2.12 OpenURL  2.13 Native record linking  2.14 Output options  2.11 Item holdings 

Appendix D. Web-Scale Discovery Vendor Questionnaire

1. Content

1.1 Scope

With how many content publishers and aggregators have you forged content agreements?

Are there any publishers or aggregators with whom you have exclusive agreements that prohibit or limit them from making their content available to competing discovery vendors? If so, which ones?

Does your central index exclude any of the publishers and aggregators listed in appendix Y [not reproduced here]? If so, which ones?

How many total unique items are included in your central index?

What is the approximate disciplinary breakdown of the central index? What percentage of content pertains to subjects in the humanities? What percentage in the sciences? What percentage in the social sciences?

What is the approximate format breakdown of the central index? What percentage of content derives from scholarly journals? What percentage derives from magazines, newspapers, and trade publications? What percentage derives from conference proceedings? What percentage derives from monographs? What percentage derives from other publications?

What is the publication date range of the central index? What is the bulk publication date range (i.e., the date range in which the majority of content was published)?

Does your index include content from open access repositories such as DOAJ, HathiTrust, and arXiv? If so, which ones?

Does your index include OCLC WorldCat catalog records? If so, do these records include holdings information?

What types of local content can be ingested into the index (e.g., library catalog records, institutional repository items, digital collections, research guides, library web pages, etc.)?

Can your service host or provide access to items within a consortia or shared catalog like the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium (PALCI) or Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC)?

Are local collections (ILS records, digital collections, institutional repositories, etc.) from libraries that use your discovery service exposed to all customers?

Can the library customize its holdings within the central index? Can the library choose what content to expose to its users?

1.2 Depth

What level of indexing do you typically provide in your central index? What percentage of items contains only citations? What percentage includes abstracts? What percentage includes full text?

1.3 Currency

How frequently is the central index updated?

How often do you harvest and ingest metadata for the library's local content? …

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