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UK Data Service Discover: Visible Connections and a Structuralist Approach to Discovery/Making Data Visible - Building an Enterprise Search Solution from the Ground Up

Presenter 1
Lucy Bell
UK Data Archive
Presenter 2
Matthew Brumpton
UK Data Archive

This paper describes the journey taken by the UK Data Service to redesign its resource discovery. "Discover" the new, openly-available, faceted search/browse application, makes metadata more accessible for all users. It provides a single point of access to a wide range of high-quality economic and social data, including large-scale government surveys, international macro-data, business micro-data, and census data (1971-2011) -plus, related resources. We have moved from a federated search environment to centralization and, borrowing the principles of FRBR, have created a systematized way of browsing connected metadata. The new search links data collections to: publications; case studies of use; support guides; and beyond. It also encourages serendipity, allowing the user to discover items indexed with similar terms. The system is simple and straightforward, but also innovative in encouraging users to make connections between resources. This paper describes the work undertaken to create efficiencies in metadata use and to develop multi-core functionality, which allows users to search metadata encoded in different schema, simultaneously. It also puts the work into the context of current information management theory, including a move to a wider, macro-view of metadata which supports the creation and sustainability of connections within and between resources of differing natures.

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