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Gold Dust project

Posted by Roddy MacLeod on April 22, 2008

In a previous post, I mentioned the Gold Dust project. Like ticTOCs, Gold Dust has also been funded via the JISC Users & Innovation programme, and also like ticTOCs, Gold Dust will be dealing with RSS feeds. However, Gold Dust is a quite different project. Rather than service development, which is at the core of ticTOCs, Gold Dust is more of a research orientated project. In addition, Gold Dust will deal with a number of different categories of RSS feeds, and not just journal Tables of Contents (TOCs).

Gold Dust will use ticTOCs usage logs for a group of 50 volunteer engineering researchers and will analyse those logs, which contain metadata, in order to produce Personal Interest Profiles (PIPs). Text mining techniques will then used to match these PIPs with content found in numerous selected, potentially relevant, RSS feeds on subjects related to engineering, such as calls for papers, new dissertations and theses, news from professional societies, new patents, and so on. The project will then investigate ways to deliver the resulting highly personalised content in a flexible way at a place of the user’s choice.

A diagram is available which shows some of the basic ideas behind Gold Dust.

Gold Dust is being lead by the University of Hull, and Heriot-Watt University is undertaking much of the technical development.

For more information, please visit the Gold Dust project website.

Roddy MacLeod
ticTOCs Management Support

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