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A serendipitous discovery tool

A serendipitous discovery tool for researchers that takes information from your personal collection (such as a Zotero citation library - http://www.zotero.org - or a CSV file) and delivers content (from online libraries or collections like DPLA - http://dp.la/ or Europeana - http://www.europeana.eu) similar to it, which can then be visualized and manipulated.

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Submitted by frazer.11 8 months ago

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    8 months ago

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  1. I don't mean to downplay serendipity, but I'm not sure why we need a tool for it right now: on the Internet, and in the world of apps, information is already in so many disparate places and so loosely connected to its context. This tool ends up sounding like a novelty when compared to some of the others proposed.

    8 months ago
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  2. What appeals to me about this is making connections between secondary sources (entries in Zotero) and primary sources (objects in DPLA). I think there's much more to do in that space, and this would be a valuable contribution.

    8 months ago
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  3. I think the floundering-around part of research (discovery) is the easiest, and I for one don't feel like I need help doing it. As Susan points out, "oh hey, cool stuff!" is kind of everywhere, even if this tool will point you to cool stuff that's (somehow) related to a particular library. For me what's hard isn't serendipity; it's targeting what I really need and sorting out what I already have.

    8 months ago
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  4. Recommendation engines are pretty well-understood and not hard to build, but they are hard to get right and they work best when you have a *lot* of content. So my concerns are that it might turn out to be a way-more-than-one-week project and that it might actually serve to steer people away from outliers in the dataset if it wasn't really well-tuned.

    8 months ago
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