Collaborative Filtering: A New Approach to Searching Digital Libraries

TitleCollaborative Filtering: A New Approach to Searching Digital Libraries
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsWebster, JG, Jung, S, Herlocker, JL
JournalNew Review of Information Networking
Type of ArticleArticle
KeywordsCollaborative filtering, digital libraries, Search sytems
AbstractAt Oregon State University ({OSU)}, the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science ({EECS)} and the {OSU} Libraries are working together on a project to improve the effectiveness and accessibility of digital information created and collected by academic libraries. This project focuses on making digital resources more accessible through an innovative search interface that incorporates collaborative filtering. New approaches to search interfaces will help make the growing wealth of online content more accessible and useful. This paper discusses the problem, explains how collaborative filtering works, describes the System for Electronic Recommendation Filtering ({SERF)}, and then presents initial results from an installation in the {OSU} Libraries. The productive collaboration at {OSU} between the Libraries and {EECS} portends the future of development of search systems; by working together, we can harness the expertise of librarians, computer scientists, and information users to develop more useful search interfaces and increase access to the librariesÆ’?? resources and services. {ABSTRACT} {FROM} {AUTHOR} Copyright of New Review of Information Networking is the property of Routledge and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts)