As we continue talking about semantic integration (and more specifically, use cases), here is a different kind of use case.

Somebody in this case is uploading a conference paper to the American Society for Information Science and Technology site. A prospective author uploads their paper, they fill in the blanks as appropriate, and up pops a list of appropriate taxonomy terms. The author, the submitting person, can then check off the list of terms they think are appropriate to their paper. Then the paper is saved, already indexed. They will have already indexed their paper, which saves people a lot of time. In any kind of venue, folks can do their own indexing.

Behind the scenes, it can be saved either as a HTML or as an XML file so that it can be integrated into the general editorial workflow. The terms themselves are added as a tagged XML subject feed for these records.

I mentioned, briefly, an author authority file. You can build it while you build the article base. You would create a full author record:  Name, address, URLs, websites, telephone numbers, fax number, email, etc. You would also allow them to put in a profile of who they are.

If you add the subject terms from the thesaurus or taxonomy to the author – let them choose it just as we saw in this previous slide where, if they entered their résumés, for example, or their CVs, this would automatically pop up but if they didn’t enter quite as much, you might have to discern it some other way.

You list authors and then you can find them in a place and you can put them into a social network. This not only works with authors but also with staff, for example, a highly distributed research staff throughout the nation or throughout the world. You might want to be able to find people who are working on similar things. They have to be able to describe what they are working on and they can use the taxonomy to do that.

If you’ve done that, then you could link the authors in these kinds of ways, in this case, by publications.

This author has published with these people and these people have published with the people in the secondary circle. So, you have two levels of author linkages and you can do this on subject as well as on names. Over here, we just have a fish-eye view of the authors as you circle over this field.

Next week we will talk about authors.

Marjorie M.K. Hlava
President, Access Innovations