In this project, Emory University and Virginia Tech will conduct a series
of studies using newly designed digital library services to determine
what criteria underlie the preferences and assumptions of different
user groups regarding metasearch systems. This link leads to the original
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant proposal.
Interim Report. (05-01-05)
During the first six months of the project period, the project team
surveyed existing systems that recognize or integrate various forms
of quality metrics, and also surveyed open source search systems that
could be used as an experimental basis within this project. The team
selected Lucene, an open source tool, for this purpose. The project
team also established a theoretical model for quality metrics, techniques
for quality metrics scoring, an implementation plan for Lucene, and
began to plan the user studies that will begin in the next project quarter.
This link leads to a pdf document of the interim report submitted to
Interim Report. (10-31-06)
During the second six months of the project period, the project team
held two meetings between the team components at Virginia Tech and Emory
University to plan the qualitative focus group sessions (to be conducted
at Emory) and the quantitative surveys (to be conducted at Virginia
Tech).We applied for and obtained IRB approval for the project during
this period, and Emory hosted six focus group sessions with faculty
and graduate students in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.
Also during this period, the team produced the experimental design sketches
for use in the Virginia Tech experiments. These sketches break down
into two scenarios: the known-item search, and the open-discovery search..