[Asis-l] FW: [CNI-ANNOUNCE] CREE project survey - Internet search tools

Richard Hill rhill at asis.org
Tue Jun 7 09:45:25 EDT 2005

[Forwarded.  Dick Hill]

Richard B. Hill
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Subject: [CNI-ANNOUNCE] CREE project survey - Internet search tools

> CNI-announce readers will be interested in these studies on the use of 
> Internet search tools within portal and non-portal environments.  At 
> the spring CNI meeting, we had a session highlighting the preliminary 
> results, and now the full reports are available.

> The JISC-funded CREE (Contextual Resource Evaluation Environment)
> Project has released the results of three areas of its work
> investigating the use of Internet search tools within portal and
> non-portal environments.  All are available on the project website at
> http://www.hull.ac.uk/esig/cree/deliverables/index.html.  Presentations
> describing the work can be found at
> http://www.hull.ac.uk/esig/cree/presentations/index.html.
> A. Survey results report, comment and spreadsheet
> The CREE Survey provides data and analysis of over 2000 responses from
> across the UK.  The survey addressed the following issues:
> - what search tools are used
> - what they are used for
> - how results should be treated
> - views of multiple resource searching
> - views on the use of search tools alongside other systems
> B. Focus groups report and criteria
> The survey was complemented by a series of 13 focus groups across three
> institutions.  These addressed the same issues as the survey, providing
> validation of the survey results but also refinement of the opinions
> expressed and greater depth and reasoning behind why these opinions
> were held.  The criteria under which the focus groups were held is also
> provided as assistance for others thinking of using this form of
> information gathering, which CREE has found extremely valuable.
> C. Investigation of of JSR 168 and WSRP portlet standards
> The study of how Internet search tools can be used within portal
> frameworks, CREE technical partners at the University of Oxford, EDINA
> and the Archaeology Data Service, plus instructional media + magic inc,
> have reported on their investigation of the JSR 168 and WSRP portlet
> standards for use with existing search tools.  An initial investigation
> of the standards has been followed by results and feedback on the basis
> of experience of implementation.
> CREE is currently undertaking the user testing phase of its work,
> testing further the findings of the survey and focus groups through the
> use of demonstrators, and incorporating the JSR 168 and WSRP portlets
> developed by the project partners within a uPortal framework.  The
> results of this testing, plus final reports on the technical work and
> the feasibility of using the portlet standards with communication and
> collaboration tools will be forthcoming in Autumn 2005.
> Chris Awre
> CREE Project Manager
> ******************************
> Chris Awre
> Integration Architect
> e-Services Integration Group
> Brynmor Jones Library
> University of Hull
> Cottingham Road
> Hull HU6 7RX
> tel: 01482 465441
> email: c.awre at hull.ac.uk

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