[Taxacom] FW: European Virtual Library of Taxonomic Literature - Requirements Survey

Roderic Page r.page at bio.gla.ac.uk
Fri May 4 12:49:51 CDT 2007


Dear Charles,

>
> I am not sure that EDIT WP5 has the resources to develop a bespoke
> solution and it is likely that (due to time pressure, amongst other
> factors) we may go with an 'off-the-shelf' solution - which will
> probably only be able to deliver a reduced set of our requirements.
> Nevertheless, in gathering the requirements, we may have a roadmap for
> the future.

This raises the immediate question is there anything "off the shelf",  
and if it delivers only a reduced set of requirements, is this really  
progress?

>
> If we had been having this debate even two years ago, the possibilities
> (and solutions) would have been different, and in 2 - 5 years from now,
> they will be different again. The challenge to discern what is
> achievable within the scope (and lifetime) of the EDIT opportunity,
> whilst also producing a legacy that is scalable, sustainable and can
> evolve together with changing taxonomic practice and available
> technology.
>

Well yes and no. I would argue that some of the core underlying  
technologies, especially those used by publishers and libraries, such  
as OpenURLs, DOIs, and Handles, have been around for a while now, and  
aren't likely to go away any time soon. The things being build on top  
of these are a lot more volatile. In other words, DOIs will be here in  
2-5 years, tools like Connotea, Cite-U-Like might not be.

Hence, I would argue strongly that what we need is infrastructure  
(i.e., simple web services) that can support the kind of things we want  
to do. The ability to take a bibliographic citation and find whether an  
electronic version of the article exists is desirable, and the  
technology exists right now. These services could easily be embedded in  
tools such as the Drupal-based scratch pads EDIT is developing, and I  
think would be a more lasting contribution than a fancy web interface.

Regars

Rod



>
> Regards,
>
> Charles Hussey,
>
> Science Data Co-ordinator,
> Data and Digital Systems Team,
> Library and Information Services,
> Natural History Museum,
> Cromwell Road,
> London SW7 5BD
> United Kingdom
>
> Tel. +44 (0)207 942 5213
> Fax. +44 (0)207 942 5559
> e-mail c.hussey at nhm.ac.uk
> Species Dictionary project: www.nhm.ac.uk/nbn/ Nature Navigator:
> www.nhm.ac.uk/naturenavigator/
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Roderic Page [mailto:r.page at bio.gla.ac.uk]
> Sent: 04 May 2007 13:15
> To: Charles Hussey
> Cc: 'Taxacom'; tdwg at lists.tdwg.org; Vincent Smith
> Subject: Re: [Taxacom] European Virtual Library of Taxonomic Literature
> - Requirements Survey
>
> Some quick comments:
>
> This survey suggests the potential for a project that, in my opinion,  
> is
> far too big and unwieldy. I suggest focussing on a core set of
> functions, and leave the rest to projects that do this sort of thing
> much better. I think the two most important things this project could  
> do
> are:
>
> 1. provide an OpenURL service that will resolve a bibliographic  
> citation
> (or a GUID)
>
> 2. provide GUIDs (e.g., SICIs and BICIs) that cost nothing for  
> articles,
> books, and book chapters, and provide a resolver for these GUIDs.
>
> 3. provide a service to parse bibliographic citations (along the lines
> of Paratools).
>
> If you have 1, then you have a web service that people can use. For
> example, Connotea users can specify an OpenURL resolver to try and find
> an article online. By default it is CrossRef's service, which relies on
> DOIs. Imaging having a service that also supports literature that uses
> other GUIDs (such as Handles and SICIs).
>
> If you have 2, then everything in this project has a URI and therefore
> exists on the web (or, at least it's metadata does). This is one of the
> motivations behind the bioGUID project.
>
> If you have 3, then you have a service that would be useful in
> automatically integrating bibliographies from a range of sources (e.g.,
> parsing lists of the literature on the web, or in bibliographies of
> papers).
>
> In terms of a portal, etc., in an age of Connotea this seems wasted
> effort -- they do this sort of thing well, why duplicate effort?
> Community tagging, etc., relies of communities, and Connotea already  
> has
> one.
>
> The other lesson to learn from Connotea is that relies on existing web
> services, such as CrossRef's OpenURL resolver (to extract metadata
> associated with a DOI), and NCBI's PubMed service. By using these
> services, the developers could concentrate on other things. What I an
> arguing is that if you develop services, the "portal" (or whatever)
> becomes either (a) easy, or (b) largely irrelevant because you can use
> existing tools.
>
> Regards
>
> Rod
>
>
>
> On 3 May 2007, at 17:08, Charles Hussey wrote:
>
>> The European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy (EDIT) is a Network of
>> Excellence project, funded by the EU for 5 years
>> (http://www.e-taxonomy.eu/). One of the deliverables of the project
>> will be a Bibliographic Resource to be known as the European Virtual
>> Library of Taxonomic Literature (E-ViTL).
>>
>> This part of the project is being managed by the Natural History
>> Museum, London and we are in the process of defining detailed
>> specifications for such a service. We are keen (naturally!) to ensure
>> that the service will meet actual user needs and so, if this is an
>> area dear to your heart, you are warmly invited to participate in an
>> online survey at:
>> http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?A=193016818E830 (the survey will
>> close at midnight on 11th May)
>>
>> This will ensure that your views are taken into account.
>>
>> NOTE: E-ViTL is likely to be a resource discovery tool rather than a
>> repository of full text articles. It could, however, point users to
>> repositories, such as the Biodiversity Heritage Library
>> (http://bhl.si.edu/), online journals and other sources.
>>
>> There is some debate over whether E-ViTL should attempt to provide
>> reference management functions, in addition to providing access to
>> literature. Also whether it should be a repository for reference
>> lists, rather than a portal to search distributed repositories.
>> However, the purpose of this survey is to gather user requirements
>> and, although it is unlikely that E-ViTL will be able to incorporate
>> all possible requirements, your views will provide a useful pointer
>> for future development.
>>
>> Yours sincerely,
>>
>> Charles Hussey,
>>
>> Science Data Co-ordinator,
>> Data and Digital Systems Team,
>> Library and Information Services,
>> Natural History Museum,
>> Cromwell Road,
>> London SW7 5BD
>> United Kingdom
>>
>> Tel. +44 (0)207 942 5213
>> Fax. +44 (0)207 942 5559
>> e-mail c.hussey at nhm.ac.uk
>> Species Dictionary project: www.nhm.ac.uk/nbn/ Nature Navigator:
>> www.nhm.ac.uk/naturenavigator/
>>
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DEEB, IBLS
Graham Kerr Building
University of Glasgow
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United Kingdom

Phone:    +44 141 330 4778
Fax:      +44 141 330 2792
email:    r.page at bio.gla.ac.uk
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iChat:    aim://rodpage1962
reprints: http://taxonomy.zoology.gla.ac.uk/rod/pubs.html

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