ResearchScope - A Federated Search Service for Irish Open Access Research

David Kane

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    ResearchScope To mark open access week 2009, (See: ),WIT Libraries have launched a federated harvesting and discovery service called ResearchScope. ResearchScope is a national portal designed to raise the profile of Open Access research in Ireland - by making it more visible. It works by harvesting information from research repositories, which present their records in an agreed standard called OAI-DC. By pulling this information together in to one index and re-presenting them via ResearchScope as well as the original home repositories, the information is made more visible to web search engines. It is worth noting that ResearchScope itself presents the aggregated data in this way and it can therefore be indexed itself by other services. See ResearchScope is based on existing software produced by the Public Knowledge Project, a Canadian group based in Simon Frasier University. (See: ) With minor modifications to the layout and the addition of a graphical 'word cloud' search, ( See: )we have produced an appealing and useful single point of access to open access research in Ireland. We would to organically incorporate tools and services as time goes on. The widespread global interest in the movement toward open, public access to scholarly research results is steadily gaining momentum and ResearchSchope is also an attempt to broaden awareness/understanding of Open Access to research, on the part of research funders, the Irish higher education community and the general public - who pay for this research with their hard-earned taxes. See:
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusUnpublished - 2009


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