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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: http://copac.ac.uk/innovations/activity-data/ And our first post is here: http://copac.ac.uk/innovations/activity-data/?p=453

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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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What do the users think of the SALT recommender?

Following internal in house testing the recommender was open to the users. In the last week of July 18 humanities postgraduates passed through the SALT testing labs, (11 PhD students, 3 taught Masters students and 4 research students). Lisa and … Continue reading

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Refining SALT (techie lessons learned)

While early tests with a sample set of data from JRUL were encouraging, see See SALT – a demo, an overhaul of the methodology behind the recommender API was required once the full set of loan transactions was obtained. It … 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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Agreeing licensing of data

The John Rylands University Library New Directions Library strategy includes a commitment to ” investigate innovative ways to extract, reuse and expose data across our systems to enhance the searching and usage of our resources.”  The release of JRUL loan data (details … 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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See SALT – a demo

A further set of sample data from JRUL, comprising 100,000 loan transactions this time, has been processed and used to test a prototype web API.  Signs are encouraging. The process begins with data being extracted from the Talis library management … Continue reading

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