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The Mechanical Librarian February 19, 2009

Posted by Andre Vellino in CISTI, Collaborative filtering, General, Recommender, Recommender service.
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mechanical-turkI was scheduled to give a CISTI Seminar yesterday, entitled “The Mechanical Librarian” but it was pre-empted by an address from NRC’s president. 

I was primed to give the talk, though, because recommenders for scholarly digital libraries are coming of age and there’s lots to say about them.

The presentation (which you can view here) covers a lot of ground at quite a high level, including a brief screen-shot demo of the Synthese Recommender: it was intended for a general audience, mostly of librarians and information specialists. 

One chart lists some of the digital library recommenders that have been either developed or studied in the last 7 years:

Techlens (University of Minnesota) (2002)

  • Uses ACM DL, full text Mixed Hybrid (CF – CBF)

BibTip (University of Karlsruhe) (2003)

  • Uses OPAC (Library Catalog) usage data for collaborative filtering

IngentaConnect (2007)

  • Uses Baynote (SaaS) customer tracking

DSpace (2008)

  • Content-based recommender based on user-bookmarks

CiteULike (academic experiment 2008)

  • Collaborative filtering on user bookmarks from CiteULike

“bX” system from Ex Libris (2009)

  • Uses SFX resolver logs

NextBio (to be announced in March 2009)

  • Life sciences search engine that uses collaborative filtering + ontologies to suggest new content (trials / abstracts / data)

Let me know if I’ve missed something.

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