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OPAC Search & Navigation. “OPAC Complainers”.

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opac complainers
“OPAC Complainers”

“There is certainly no dearth of OPAC complainers. You have Andrew Pace (OPACs suck), and Roy Tennant (You Can’t Put Lipstick on a Pig) writing and presenting about the need for change (more simplicity) in the OPAC world. I can appreciate their arguments for a simpler OPAC (not to mention the rest of the system) but other then present their arguments, neither has much in the way of suggestions nor have they sparked a movement among librarians or the automation vendors to do anything about the situation.”

-ACRL Blog entry

nextgen opac
NextGen OPAC
  • The Next Generation OPAC is more than just a facelift
    • Vivisimo clustered search (demo)
    • Aquabrowser visual context (demo)
    • RLG FRBR combined holdings (demo)
    • Endeca faceted search (demo1 | demo2)
  • More products on the horizon
    • Innovative Interfaces “OPAC Pro”
    • SirsiDynix Enterprise Portal System
    • Ex Libris, Talis, et alWeb Services
    • OCLC Custom Worldcat
pursuit of features
Endeca, et al

Relevance Ranking

Faceted Browsing

True Browsing (LC)

Speed

Spell-checking

Automatic stemming

“Did you mean…”

Unicorn / Web2

Last-in / First-out

Authority index links

Query required

As if…

No

No

No

Pursuit of Features
slide5
Endeca Implementation Team

Background:

  • The Libraries acquired Endeca ProFind software in May 2005. In anticipation of this acquisition, a Systems Department fellows project was assigned to Emily Lynema for 2005-2007 to work on Endeca implementation and integration with our Sirsi Unicorn catalog.

Charge:

The implementation group is charged to:

  • Review the documentation, software, and consult with Endeca implementation consultants to determine the range of issues associated with implementing Endeca ProFind
  • Work with Endeca QuickStart team on facilitating site visit to determine functional requirements to prepare their Technical Specifications document
  • Advise on integration and interface issues with Sirsi Unicorn
  • Facilitate librarywide review of interfaces; conduct usability testing
endeca implementation team members
Endeca Implementation Team Members

Andrew Pace, Systems, Chair

Cindy Levine, Research and Information Services

Charley Pennell, Cataloging

Shirley Rodgers, Systems

Tito Sierra, Digital Library Initiatives

Erik Moore, Systems, ex officio

Emily Lynema, Systems, ex officio

basic architecture
Online SystemBasic Architecture

Offline Process

Endeca

DataFoundry

Endeca

NavigationEngine

Endeca

PresentationServer

HTTP

Raw Data

Sources

Navigation

Engine

Indices

Data Foundry

Configuration

XML

Endeca

Studio

Client

Browser

tasks
Tasks
  • Endeca Quickstart: Functional Requirements and Technical Specification
  • Deciding on the “Dimensions”
  • Sirsi Extract
  • User Interface
dimensions
Dimensions

Search/Sort Properties: Pub Year, Document status (e.g. GovDocs), Circulation Total (sort by most popular)

Properties: Title, added authors, publisher, format, item information, etc.

challenges
Challenges
  • Using LCSH like it’s never been used before
  • Using LC Classification for collection browsing
  • Integration with Web2 and authority searching
  • Creeping Featuritis
    • FRBR (“Record Rollup”)
    • Authority File  Endeca Thesaurus
  • Uncharted territory
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