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ticTOCs paper at IATUL Conference

Posted by Roddy MacLeod on May 27, 2009

A paper about ticTOCS will be presented at the 30th Annual IATUL Conference, Leuven, Belgium, on Tuesday 2nd June, by Dr Santiago Chumbe, ICBL, Heriot-Watt University. 

The title of the paper is: TicTOCron: an Automatic Solution for Propagating Quality Metadata to Scholarly TOC RSS Feed Metadata. by Santiago Chumbe, and Roddy MacLeod

Abstract:

Institutions and researchers stand to benefit from the facilitation of more widespread syndication of, and easier access to, Table of Content (TOC) RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds produced for scholarly journals. However, many journal TOC RSS feeds are at present being produced with erroneous, poor or incomplete metadata. This can hamper the usefulness of scholarly current awareness services, and also cause problems for individual subscribers to those feeds. This is exactly what the ticTOCron software toolkit aims to overcome. The ticTOCron toolkit automatically enhances poor, heterogeneous and incomplete metadata found in TOC RSS feeds by making use of a pre-defined “Best Practice” metadata scheme suitable for scholarly journals. In this work we depict the main issues and “bad practices” found in TOC RSS metadata obtained from more than 435 scholarly publishers. Then, we describe software solutions implemented via ticTOCron. Some references are made to the algorithms for generating semantic relations within, between and from the harvested TOCs and to the mechanisms for propagating “metadata associations” from a previously crawled metadata-rich reference set. However, an effort is made to avoid technical jargon and to replace complex technical descriptions with samples and simple comparisons. The original metadata is converted to a canonical format using the “Best Practices metadata set” for scholarly papers proposed by the ticTOCs Project. We also present the results produced by ticTOCron when it was used for enhancing and normalizing TOC RSS feeds collected from more than 12,000 journals. Finally we propose a sustainable and scalable computational model whereby the automatic solution is complemented and fine-tuned by a cost-effective human cross-validation process.

Roddy MacLeod
Heriot-Watt University

 

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Using ticTOCs feed information to provide TOCs in OPACs

Posted by Roddy MacLeod on May 5, 2009

A couple of weeks ago I posted details of the paper by Lisa Rogers ”Transforming Current Awareness through RSS: How two projects (ticTOCs and Gold Dust) are using RSS to improve the information landscape for the 21st century researcher” which she presented at European Library Automation Group Conference (ELAG 09). This paper is now available through E-LIS.

Another paper at ELAG also covered ticTOCs. Peter van Boheemen gave a paper entitled “Using TicToc RSS feed collection”   This paper looks at how it is possible to use a file containing the URLs for the journals listed in ticTOCs in order to provide TOC information within OPACs.

Roddy MacLeod
Heriot-Watt University

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Good press for ticTOCs

Posted by Roddy MacLeod on April 28, 2009

It’s always nice when the service you’ve been working on is mentioned in the press, and even better when the mention is favourable.

ResourceShelf, a highly respected daily newsletter, recently described ticTOCs as both ‘wonderful’ and ‘awesome’.

ticTOCs is also featured in the latest issue of Information World Review, and also in last week’s Blogspeak from Knowledgespeak. 

It’s also good to see that another library, this time the University Library at Jönköping University,  is integrating ticTOCs data with it’s catalogue. Wageningen Digital Library has previously done similar.

Elsewhere, FeedForward has been using ticTOCS data in jopml.

The News from ticTOCS blog was one of the WordPress Blogs of the Day on 24th April.

When it comes to marketing and promotion, I like balance, though, as I have previously mentioned in this blog.  ticTOCs still lacks a proper alerting capability, although last week I manually sent out a reminder recently to about 2,900 recent registrants.  It’s also not possible to search across all ticTOCs content, though at Heriot-Watt we’re working on this.

Roddy MacLeod
Heriot-Watt University

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Links to ELAG 2009 Conference paper and presentation

Posted by Roddy MacLeod on April 23, 2009

The presentation slides and conference paper for Lisa Rogers paper “Transforming Current Awareness through RSS: How two projects (ticTOCs and Gold Dust) are using RSS to improve the information landscape for the 21st century researcher”, European Library Automation Group Conference (ELAG 09), are available.

The slides are also available on slideshare.

Roddy MacLeod
Heriot-Watt University

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ticTOCS paper at ELAG 2009 Conference

Posted by Roddy MacLeod on April 16, 2009

A paper about ticTOCS will be presented at the ELAG 2009 Conference, Bratislava, on Wednesday 22nd April, by Lisa Rogers, ICBL, Heriot-Watt University.

The title of the paper is: Transforming current awareness through RSS: How two projects (ticTOCs and Gold Dust) are using RSS to improve the information landscape for the 21st century researcher, by Lisa Rogers, Simon Hodson and Roddy MacLeod

Abstract:

This paper looks at the current situation with respect to RSS and then reports upon the findings of the ticTOCs and Gold Dust projects.  We will look at the lessons learnt from developing the ticTOCs service, and also report on two iterations of the Gold Dust development and use cycles.  We will deliver an appraisal of the effectiveness of the raft of techniques being employed by Gold Dust.  How effective are current data mining and pattern matching techniques for such an application?  How useful is RSS metadata in this context? These findings will be of considerable pertinence both for future services which may use RSS Feeds, and for future research and development in the area of adaptive personalisation using RSS.

The ELAG (European Library Automation Group) Conference is Europe’s premier conference for library and information management technology.  A full programme is available.

Roddy MacLeod
Heriot-Watt University

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Top 100 journals in ticTOCs tables of contents service

Posted by Roddy MacLeod on April 8, 2009

Some pretty interesting statistics, taken from ticTOCs the journal tables of contents (TOCs) service, are available below. 

There are two lists.  The first one shows the ‘top 100 journals’ according to popularity of titles added by users of the ticTOCs service to their MyTOCs (explanation – those who have registered with ticTOCs (which is free) can save selected TOCs to a MyTOCs section so that the next time they visit they can see new TOC content, and thereby keep up-to-date with the literature on a regular basis).  Over 3,000 people have registered with ticTOCs since it was launched in December 2008, and so the list below is a snapshot of the most popular journal titles selected by those registrants. The figures show how many people have saved each journal title to their MyTOCs.

What is immediately obvious from looking at the first list is the fact that ticTOCs is being widely used by library and information professionals, but not yet by researchers in other disciplines.  Librarians seem to understand ticTOCs very quickly, and to get the message of how useful the service is if you want to keep up-to-date with scholarly literature.  But, I wonder, when are researchers in other disciplines going to catch on? 

ticTOCs has had a wonderful reception from the LIS community.  Now, we hope hope that the word will spread to the rest of the scholarly community. 

Library & Information Science Research

183

Journal of Librarianship and Information Science

157

The Journal of Academic Librarianship

153

Library Review

147

Library Management

141

The Library Quarterly

132

New Library World

119

The International Information & Library Review

108

Library Hi Tech

106

Library Collections, Acquisitions, and Technical Services

105

Journal of Information Science

97

The Electronic Library

97

The Library – current issue

96

Online Information Review

83

Ariadne Magazine

82

Library Hi Tech News

79

International Journal of Information Management

78

Aslib Proceedings

76

Reference Services Review

74

Nature

72

IFLA Journal

71

Journal of the American Society for Information Science

70

Information Retrieval

68

The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances

67

Program: Electronic Library and Information Systems

65

Health Information and Libraries Journal

64

Science

61

Library History

59

Education for Information

53

Collection Building

51

Serials Review

50

Journal of Documentation

50

Serials: The Journal for the Serials Community

49

Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship

49

Reference Reviews

49

Journal of Web Librarianship

47

Information Design Journal

45

SIMILE: Studies In Media & Information Literacy Education

45

Journal of Library Administration

44

OCLC Systems & Services

44

Journal of Library Metadata

44

Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning

43

Information Processing & Management

43

Ethics and Information Technology

42

Information Development

40

Archives and Museum Informatics

38

Interlending & Document Supply

36

Information Management & Computer Security

35

International Journal on Digital Libraries

33

Biomedical Digital Libraries

33

Journal of Information Ethics

33

Performance Measurement and Metrics

32

New England Journal of Medicine

32

Journal of Classification

32

Active Learning in Higher Education

31

Archival Science

31

New Review of Children’s Literature and Librarianship

31

The Lancet

30

Journal of the Society of Archivists

30

Scientific and Technical Information Processing

30

Records & Information Management Report

30

JAMA The Journal of the American Medical Association

29

Legal Information Management

28

The Indexer

26

Journal of Enterprise Information Management

25

Information, Knowledge, Systems Management

24

ALT-J: Research in Learning Technology

24

International Journal of Data Mining and Bioinformatics

24

BMJ

24

Information Sciences

22

The Internet and Higher Education

22

Huntington Library Quarterly

22

Journal of Knowledge Management

22

Journal of Information Literacy

21

Notes and Queries – current issue

21

Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education

20

The Reference Librarian

20

Journal of the American Chemical Society

19

Higher Education Quarterly

19

Journal of Interlibrary Loan Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve

19

Communications in Information Literacy

19

Higher Education

18

Information Technology in Hospitality

18

Knowledge and Information Systems

17

New Directions for Higher Education

17

Interactive Learning Environments

16

Journal of Advanced Nursing

16

South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science

15

E-Learning

15

New Scientist

15

Higher Education Research & Development

15

American Journal of Education

15

Current Anthropology

15

Ciência da Informação

15

Annual Review of Anthropology

15

Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture

15

Ecology

15

Public Library Quarterly

15

The Information Society: An International Journal

14

Art History

14

 

The second list, below, shows the top 100 most viewed journals by those who have registered with ticTOCs.

Ariadne Magazine

Science

Nature

Library & Information Science Research

Library Hi Tech

The Journal of Academic Librarianship

American Economic Review

Library Review

Journal of Librarianship and Information Science

Economics of Education Review

ALT-J: Research in Learning Technology

Aslib Proceedings

Online Information Review

Targeted Oncology

Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology

The Library Quarterly

Library Management

New Library World

Journal of Information Science

The Electronic Library

Active Learning in Higher Education

IFLA Journal

Annals of the ICRP

Collection Building

The Library – current issue

Library Hi Tech News

Information Retrieval

Library Collections, Acquisitions, and Technical S…

Oxford Review of Education

International Journal of Information Management

Performance Measurement and Metrics

Education for Information

Journal of the American Society for Information Sc…

Reference Services Review

D-Lib Magazine

Serials Review

Journal of Information Literacy

Energy

Information Sciences

The International Information & Library Review

Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship

BMJ

Journal of Fluid Mechanics

Archival Science

Art History

E-Learning

Journal of Documentation

Zeitschrift fur Germanistik

Cancer Letters

Journal of Library Administration

Progress in Aerospace Sciences

Oncology

Construction Innovation: Information, Process, Man…

Journal of Marketing

Journal of Knowledge Management

4OR: A Quarterly Journal of Operations Research

Contemporary Educational Psychology

World Wide Web

Behavioral Sleep Medicine

Autism

Acta Materialia

Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education

Social Service Review

Journal of Web Librarianship

Acta Biomaterialia

Journal of the Society of Archivists

SIMILE: Studies In Media & Information Literacy Ed…

Reference Reviews

International Journal on Digital Libraries

AIAA Journal

British Journal of Educational Technology

Health Information and Libraries Journal

Program: Electronic Library and Information System…

Design Studies

Aerospace Science and Technology

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Healt…

Legal Information Management

New England Journal of Medicine

Physics of Fluids

American Journal of Psychiatry

Biomedical Digital Libraries

He@lth Information on the Internet

Notes and Queries – current issue

JAMA The Journal of the American Medical Associati…

Journal of Classification

Advances in Food and Nutrition Research

Annual Review of Anthropology

International Journal of Leisure and Tourism Marke…

Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engin…

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Archives and Museum Informatics

Tobacco Use Insights

European Journal of International Relations

Thorax

Library History

Serials: The Journal for the Serials Community

Lab on a Chip

Higher Education Quarterly

Supervision Magazine

Journal of Interpersonal Violence

 

Roddy MacLeod
Heriot-Watt University Library

 

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In-depth independent review of ticTOCs by Peter Jacso

Posted by Roddy MacLeod on April 2, 2009

In the April issue of the Péter’s Digital Reference Shelf section of Reference Reviews, Péter Jacso has written a detailed review of the ticTOCs service.  This is an in-depth review, which I invite you to read.  It looks at both the good points of the ticTOCS service, and some limitations.

The following is an extract:

“ticTOCS is a splendid, state of the art version of the traditional current awareness services from RSS feeds of the Table of Contents pages of more than 14,400 scholarly journals. It takes the pain out of learning about the content of the most recent and even upcoming issues of journals. It has some lacuna in journal coverage in spite of its wide scope, and a few software shortcomings. Even in its infancy, this service helps greatly in centralizing, personalizing and filtering the flood of information. It saves a lot of time, and offers a lot of gratification to researchers free.”

Roddy MacLeod

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ticTOCs service is restored

Posted by Roddy MacLeod on March 16, 2009

Please be advised that all problems with the ticTOCs service due to hardware problems at Mimas have now been resolved.

We do apologise for the interruption to the service and for the inconvenience experienced by our users at the time. Thank you for your patience.

Roddy MacLeod

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ticTOCS service still unavailable

Posted by Roddy MacLeod on March 11, 2009

Mimas have apologised for service interruption to all Mimas services with the exception of ESDS, Census, Intute, UKPMC. This has been caused by a recurrence of the disc problems they encountered on Monday. The current status is that the recovery will take quite some time and services are expected to be unavailable for the rest of today.

Roddy MacLeod

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ticTOCS service temporarily unavailable

Posted by Roddy MacLeod on March 10, 2009

Mimas, where the ticTOCs server is housed, is having hardware problems at the moment. A number of services, including ticTOCs, are unfortunately still down.

We are hoping that ticTOCs will be back as soon as possible. Apologies again for any inconvenience caused.

Roddy MacLeod

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