Some implications of "digital" for scholarly writing and publishing

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Match Things, not Strings!

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This was one of the admirable principles enunciated by Anthony Groves in his recent Haystack Conference webinar on how to deliver relevant results from a content-rich website, which I wrote about here. Yet, as I will show, sometimes it’s not …

Search and discovery on O’Reilly Online Learning

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A recent excellent webinar about the O’Reilly Online Learning site, part of the excellent Haystack Conferences, was presented by Anthony Groves, O’Reilly Media’s Technical Lead of Search, and promised a fascinating insight into how discovery should be provided. Some might …

How a bookshop cache improved my education

Reading Time: 3 minutesMany years ago, when there were new and second-hand bookshops all the way along London’s Charing Cross Road , there was a memorable bookshop called Joseph Poole. Much of my reading in my late teens and early twenties originate in that …

How one university manages resource discovery

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Books on Shelves (Wikimedia)

An interesting report, based on a 2015 survey but published 2016, gives an overview into how one major university, Oxford, enables its users to find information about its own collections – not just researchers, but institutional staff (such as …

How TrendMD uses collaborative filtering to show relatedness

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TrendMD is (as its website states) “a content recommendation engine for scholarly publishers, which powers personalized recommendations for thousands of sites”. An interesting blog post by Matt Cockerill of TrendMD (published February 2016) claims “TrendMD’s collaborative filtering engine improves clickthrough rates 272% …

The truth about students and search?

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The truth about search seems to be more astonishing than anything you could imagine. Lin Lin, EBSCO Senior User Experience Researcher, talking at the UKeiG Annual Meeting last week, provided some startling revelations, drawing on EBSCO’s wide experience of observing search …

A day in the Life of a (Serious) Researcher

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How do researchers really look for and find content for their research? That’s a pretty fundamental question! So I turned to the research project “A Day in the Life of a (Serious) Researcher” with great anticipation to identify …

A Sparrho in the library?

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The Sparrho team

Sparrho ( is a discovery tool for researchers. The user registers their interests and Sparrho provides them with “feeds” (largely abstracts, cut can be videos or papers) of relevant content. So clearly Sparrho appears to meet a need. 

They claim it replaces …

Finding scholarly articles: “if it’s important, it will find me”

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An article by Kent Anderson in Scholarly Kitchen reviewed four of the megajournals (although by the end of a longish article, he decided that there was only really one megajournal: PLOS ONE, which is today publishing around 100 articles …

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