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Topics discussed in ADC & UIC Re AIP. Multiplicity of clearinghouses End-to-end discovery How to make the searches “better” Usability testing results Comments & recommendations on pilot process. On the multiplicity of clearinghouses.

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Topics discussed in adc uic re aip

Topics discussed in ADC & UIC Re AIP

  • Multiplicity of clearinghouses

  • End-to-end discovery

  • How to make the searches “better”

  • Usability testing results

  • Comments & recommendations on pilot process

On the multiplicity of clearinghouses

On the multiplicity of clearinghouses

  • Currently different results when searching different clearinghouses

    • Each clearinghouse is augmenting its database with different community catalogs and resources

    • Different information model per clearinghouse

  • Multiplicity currently useful for testing but can be confusing

    • User shouldn’t have to know about clearinghouses and registries and shouldn’t have to select a clearinghouse to search (portals offer drop down for selecting clearinghouse to search)

  • Task Force should recommend one clearinghouse for the operational phase

On end to end discovery

On End-to-End Discovery

  • Emphasis on rigor of registration for better discovery

    • Also discussion about current small number of registered components/services (with ~ half of them web sites)

  • Proposal to add sub-categories for SBAs

    • Pro: More targeted discovery; better user experience

    • Con: Higher registration burden

  • Discussion regarding level at which data should be registered

    • E.g. one entry for all of the climate change db? (emphasis on the system of “systems”

  • Areas for improvements

    • Increase content and quality of GCI

    • Improve user interface of geoportals per usability testing

    • Continue working on and testing the architecture

    • Reach out and involve user communities

    • Support “better searches”

On better searches

On “better” searches

  • Distributed searches across multiple catalogs/clearinghouses

  • Different proposals for searching beyond the registries

    • Sitemaps from catalog and Google Search (Marten)

    • Google Search on content of websites registered (Robert)

    • Tags for services for ease of discovery in regular Google searches (Herve)

On usability testing

On Usability Testing

  • Usability Testing of geoportals

    • Higher than expected participation (120 participants)

    • Most of them (~86% will use portals again)

    • One of the easiest features to use: Mapping

    • One of the most difficult features to use: Simple Search

  • Discussion in ADC about user types and definitions

    • UIC to work on those so that other committees can use them

    • Discussion about target audience (casual user vs. experienced user)

  • Discussion regarding cost of maintenance of geoportals

    • To keep in mind that content management is time-consuming

On pilot process

On Pilot Process

  • Efficient way to exercise and evolve architecture

    • Especially with respect to cross-community exchanges of information

    • Need to continue working with UIC to engage communities of practice

  • Need for how-to guides, cookbooks and/or recipes

    • Good response to how-to user guides deliverables of AIP-2

    • Good response to Publish, Register, Test and Monitor video

  • Recommendations

    • Develop glossary of terminologies

    • Propagate results and process to users and technical committees

      • Publish videos to youtube

      • Cookbooks for using the GCI for discovery (geoportals) and for tactical guidance on registration of resources

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