Thursday, November 13, 2008

Reference Extract: The Power Of Search Meets The Credibility Of Librarians

Reference Extract [] is envisioned as a web search engine, like Google, Yahoo and MSN. However, unlike other search engines, Reference Extracts will be built for maximum credibility by relying on the expertise and credibility judgments of librarians from around the globe. Users will enter a search term and get results weighted towards sites most often referred to by librarians at institutions such as the Library of Congress, the University of Washington, the State of Maryland, and over 1,400 libraries worldwide.

This grant will support planning for Reference Extract and building the foundation necessary to implement it as a large-scale, general user service.

Project Partners

Michael Eisenberg / OCLC / R. David Lankes / The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

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Upcoming Partnership Meeting

Next Monday the team is having a meeting to discuss how Reference Extract can build strong partners within the LIS community and beyond. Libraries and consortia in the New York City area that may be interested, please contact David Lankes.

Reference Extract Partners Meeting

When: November 17, 2008 11-4 / Where: New York, NY

We are currently looking at the feasibility of the project including exploring technical architectures, business models, and partnership opportunities. The focus of this meting will be on possible partners and partnership models. We are looking for your input on building a successful strategy through cooperation.

Project Team: Jeffrey Penka, OCLC / R. David Lankes, Syracuse University / Michael Eisenberg, University of Washington

Anticipated Agenda: Overview of the Project / Partnership Opportunities / Discussion of Partnership Issues / Concerns and Possibilities / Wrap Up and Next Steps


News Coverage

ars technica / Using Crowdsourced Librarians To Outsmart Google / November 11, 2008

Chroncile of Higher Education / Librarians Want To Out-Google Google With A Better Search Engine / Lisa Guernsey / November 10, 2008

InfoToday NewsBreaks / The Wisdom of Crowds of Librarians Is on the Way—In Time: Reference Extract by Barbara Quint / November 24, 2008

Library Journal / Too Late or Just Right? OCLC, I-Schools Announce Reference Extract Web Search Project / Norman Oder / 11-10-2008

OCLC / OCLC, Syracuse University and University of Washington To Help Develop A New Web Search Experience Based On Expertise From Librarians / 7 November 2008

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