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IntegraL Connects Data, User and Scientists

Presenter 1
Shuyuan Mary Ho
Syracuse University
Presenter 2
Min Song
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Presenter 3
Michael Bieber
New Jersey Institute of Technology

This research IntegraL provides a new means for connecting digital content, users’ search needs, and scientists together. IntegraL adopts a “lightweight” mechanism that connects data across content service providers and makes different forms of digital content interoperable. IntegraL facilitates a virtual restructuring of public web spaces and services, with authenticated digital libraries into broad “federated” digital library spaces constructed from numerous interrelationships. Elements reside within a rich context of meta-information that helps users understand and work with them. This provides a ripe environment for organizations and individual people to develop small, specialized collections and services, which automatically become part of the federated space and accessible to those they can benefit. IntegraL extends the boundaries of how we think about and interact with digital libraries. Our study indicates that IntegraL helps to enhance search productivity. Users find IntegraL useful in locating relevant information. IntegraL also helps users to do tasks more effectively. Users are confident of IntegraL’s ability to perform satisfactory search results. IntegraL is mostly built on open-source software, which can be reliable, auditable and cost-effective. The broader impact of this study is that it provides recommendations to users for further deep search among wide ranges of virtual resources.

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