Is Granularity the Next Discovery Frontier? Part 2: The Business Complexities of Granular Discovery


About the Webinar

Users are beginning to expect more granular search and access in Discovery System searches-- encyclopedia articles, images, tables, book chapters. The implications for discovery system providers, content providers, and libraries to realize this vision are significant. These granular "objects" each have to be retrievable separately from the parent object and each has to have its own metadata and indexing.

Will granular discovery be the tipping point for forcing content to be produced in XML formats? How does supplementary material, such as datasets, that are not officially part of the parent publication get integrated into discovery? What is the role of institutional repositories and their deposited information? How will granular discovery impact the acquisition of content for libraries or for users in "pay for use" scenarios? Is it time to rethink the use of micropayments? Metrics are just beginning to be implemented at the article level; how do we configure the processes to measure at an even more granular level?  What partnerships will publishers, system and service providers, and libraries need to form to innovate around the new products, standards, and processes required to support granular discovery?

In the NISO March two-part webinar Is Granularity the Next Discovery Frontier? Part 2 will look at The Business Complexities of Granular Discovery, and presenters will discuss the implications of granular content​ discovery for the business side of the equation.

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Event Sessions

Granular Discovery: A Discipline-Based Approach


Finding a three minute segment of video illustrating a topic is much more useful for teaching than finding a full two hour documentary. Yet accessing content at a more granular level poses challenges for libraries and publishers. What is the right level for MARC records, indexing, tracking usage playbacks, calculating royalties, embedding, and searching? Often the answers are different depending on the discipline. What a segment should be in an opera is different from a newsreel, for example. Andrea Eastman-Mullins, COO at Alexander Street Press, will share how a discipline-based approach adds context to granular discovery and helps address commercial challenges as well.

Making Open Data Discoverable


The business side of discoverability quickly becomes complicated when it comes to open data. Platforms that host scientific research outputs must ensure that as data and the foundations of research become more openly available to society, they remain just as discoverable as their published journal and book counterparts. With this come complexities revolving around file type, proper logging of metadata, versioning, linking to related content, and more. In this talk, Dan Valen, Product Specialist at figshare, will touch on the finer points of granular data discovery while also highlighting some of the work figshare is doing to make research data more discoverable and accessible on a global scale.

When Granularity Met Discovery: The Complexities of Granular Content Discovery


Granular content is proving to be more and more popular with librarians, researchers, and end users who want to be able to instantly zero-in on the specific content that they are searching for. Discovery services must ensure that as content becomes more granular it can be made discoverable. Connecting users to granular content is not as easy as it sounds, as many variables exist that can at times make facilitating granular content discovery tricky. Dave Hovenden, Content Operations Manager for Summon, will highlight some of the complexities that a discovery service encounters on a regular basis in order to make granular content discoverable, and how discovery services are finding ways to ensure users are connected to the granular content that they desire.

Additional Information

  • Registration closes at 12:00 p.m. (ET) on March 18, 2015. Cancellations made by March 11, 2015 will receive a refund, less a $25 cancellation. After that date, there are no refunds.

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