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Aaron Dobbs's picture

Project K (2012) - LITA Experts Profile System: Connecting Collaborators

LITA Experts Profile System: Connecting Collaborators

Our EL team explored options for building a LITA Experts Profiling system.

  • Personal note: The ALA & LITA financial picture has deteriorated since this project, LITA Financial Advisory Committee inoput will be needed and careful thought gioven to how this database would be maintained over time. LITA should also look to existing ALA (or public social media such as LinkedIn) resources and ALA should be lobbied hard to provide significant funding so either existing resources or new initiatives such as this Project's recommendations can be implemented.
  • The recommendation was to go with VIVO based on evaluation of the following criteria: Open-source software, Database freely accessible to the public, Supported software, Customizable ontology and branding, Potential to ingest data from pre-existing ALA systems,Possible linked data solution with potential to expose data for mining by others, and with Capability for users to self-update their profiles.
  • Process notes for implementation include identified needs for hardware and software maintenence and expertise including: 1. Information Managers to assist with customization or development of the VIVO ontology, taxonomy and database.  Familiarity with the Resource Description Framework (RDF) and principles of the semantic web would be helpful. 2. Programmers/Analysts to plan and execute initial data loads, and provide ongoing maintenance of VIVO data stored in MySQL tables. 3. Systems Administrators to provide maintenance and support for the VIVO application, and associated hardware, software, web server, and security. 4.Training and Outreach Professionals to assist with marketing, transition, introduction and initial, and/or ongoing, training and support. 5. Web Designers to customize the VIVO interface in accordance with LITA and ALA conventions and preferences
  • Recommendations of ontologies are also included, with accompanyiong sources for data harvesting including ALA Connect and other knowledge stores such as PubMed,etc. ALA ITTS indicated interest in partnering to supply the data. Also included was the team's database evaluation rubric and their evaluative data.
  • The ALA & LITA financial picture has deteriorated since this project, LITA Financial Advisory Committee inoput will be needed and careful thought gioven to how this database would be maintained over time. LITA should also look to existing resources and ALA should be lobbied hard to provide significant funding so either existing resources or new initiatives such as this Project's recommendations can be implemented.

EL2012 Project K Connect Space:
http://connect.ala.org/node/167264 

EL2012 Project K Final Report:
http://bit.ly/litaVIVOreport 

EL2012 Project K Fianl Poster:
http://connect.ala.org/files/44562/templateA-blue_Version2-JG-cb-jg2.pdf

 

Elizabeth Stewart-Marshall's picture

I thought that this project and its recommendations has been accepted by ALA ITTS.  I remember being briefed by Shari that they were factoring this in to the planning.  The main stumbling block, with still exists, was waiting on the integration of connect info with the ALA personnel/membership information.

My memory of the discussion at the time was that the project as envisioned was too large for LITA to do effectively, on its own, and that the collaborative data needed to make it effective required cross division cooperation.  It was turned over to big ALA as the appropriate level for this type of endeavor.   

Are you suggesting that LITA try to implement this in whole or in part on its own?

Zoe Stewart-Marshall

LITA Past President (2013-2014)

Andromeda Yelton's picture

I don't see a project of this type in the roadmap (though it's quite long and I might have missed it).

I agree that it's too big for LITA to do on its own, though, and I question its ROI.

LITA Board of Directors, 2013-2016

http://andromedayelton.com

@ThatAndromeda

Cindi Blyberg's picture

The last time I asked Sherri about it, she advised that this project would not be possible until the two profile systems were merged, and that with an already-long roadmap and declining staff, it would be way down the road.

Jenny Levine (staff)'s picture

ITTS will be issuing an updated roadmap soon (possibly next week). The VIVO project is currently scheduled for implementation in February 2016, although all dates are subject to change based on other projects and priorities.

Cindi Blyberg's picture

Thanks, Jenny, I almost added something about 2016, but I wasn't sure if that was something I'd gotten from ITTS or if I was just making it up. :)

Sherri Vanyek's picture

This report can be found at:

http://connect.ala.org/node/221060

The report will be discussed this weekend at the ALA 2014 Spring Executive Board Meeting.  The report has been shared with the ALA Website Advisory Committee.

 

Thanks,

Sherri

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Sherri Vanyek
Director, Information Technology & Telecommunication Services
American Library Association
50 East Huron
Chicago, IL. 60611

Phone: (800) 545-2433 x2437
Direct:  (312) 280-2437
Email: svanyek@ala.org
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