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Announcing Copac Activity Data Project (SALT 2) and new blog

The work of SALT is continuing as the Copac Activity Data project.  Our new blog (including all the SALT posts) is here: And our first post is here:

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Introducing the SALT recommender API ( based on 10 years of University of Manchester circulation data)

I’m pleased to announce the release of the SALT recommender API which works with over ten years of circulation data from the University of Manchester’s John Rylands Library. The data source is currently static, but nonetheless yields excellent results. Please … Continue reading

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Final blog post

In this final post I’m going to sum up what this project has produced, potential next steps, key lessons learned, and what we’d pass on to others working in this area. In the last five months, the SALT project has … Continue reading

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Lessons learned from the user evaluation perspective (or can we define the ‘long tail’?)

The key lesson we’ve learned during this project is that the assumptions behind the hypothesis of this project need to be reconsidered, as in this context the ‘long tail’ is complex and difficult to measure. Firstly how do we evaluate … Continue reading

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A sampling of SALT. How the recommender is working and initial feedback from postgrads

We’re gearing up to meet with some of our collaborators tomorrow from the M25 consortium and Cambridge University Library; they’re helping us explore whether the model we’re developing for SALT (i.e. a centralised aggregation service & a shared API) is … Continue reading

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The benefits of reusing activity data

. July is proving to be a fast and furious month in terms of presenting on SALT, crunching the remainder of the gargantuan amount of data we’re receiving from our partners at JRUL, finessing the API, implementing the developments in … Continue reading

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