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Demo #8 - 10.30 - 11.00 - Sitting on a goldmine – Resource Use Data in UK HE

The MOSAIC project investigated the user activity data available in HE resource systems

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28 July 2010

The MOSAIC project investigated the user activity data available in HE resource systems to benefit library managers, course designers, lecturers and (not least) students. The project and its developer competition built 7 demonstrators illustrating potential value, to be weighed against challenges of technology (scale, aggregation), data ownership and protection, data quality and value relative to alternative Web 2.0 services.

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Live blog on the demo

We're going to talk about outputs of the project (details of what it's about are available online)

The Mosaic Demonstrator allows library users to do a social search and discover who's borrowing what.

it also allows investigation of historical trends.

It allows students to find out what their classmates are reading. What students the year above are reading. What students at other universities are reading.

We're now getting a demo of the programme in action... homing in on books with PHP in the title... now homing into what people are reading at various universities... homing in on what second years are reading...

There are a lot of refine options - and a survey we're looking at now suggests students find these very useful.

The important point is being made that they're very careful about protecting individual privacy.

Now, moving swiftly on, we're looking at the results of a developer competition run to test mosaics capabilities. (Details are on this blog post.)

First, a demo of book galaxy  - student created project using mosaic data. It has the wow factor - as you can see for yourself by checking through the link. It looks most intriuging - although dangerously tempting for anyone who tends to spend too much money on amazon...

Now we're looking at a book valuer programme.

Also ilib, a social platform that allows users to create their own reading lists.

These are really interesting - please to explore the others on the blog post above. Time is moving on here though, so we're going to quickly look at  the future for Mosaic, where they are hoping to develop ideas like those in the competition further, especially relating to student surveys.

They also had an activity data event about the legal issues relating to sharing academic data. One of the ideas was providing a 'cookbook' of the difficult technical work that institutions could use.

We're quickly taking a question about drilling into personal data. Is it possible for authorised people in the institution to look at it? It could be useful for  - say student retention.

Answer - It's interesting. We haven't looked at. Although there is clearly something in the idea of students who don't borrow books triggering alarm bells. Good idea, say the Mosaic people.

We've got to wrap up now thanks to time pressure, but there's clearly a lot of interest in Mosaic.

Sam Jordison
09:33 on 29 July 2010 (Edited 10:03 on 29 July 2010)

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