29 July 2011
At IESR, we have begun the process of extending our machine interfaces to make our content available in a form that can be used by the Linked Data community. The first step has been to convert IESR metadata to RDF triples encoded using the RDFa microformat within our web pages.
We've also created a set of URIs to represent the collections, such as: http://iesr.ac.uk/collections/1258026609-11546 for Zetoc. The full list of collection URIs is given in a sitemap that uses the Semantic Web sitemap extensions: http://iesr.ac.uk/sitemap.xml (warning: large document!)
We are currently looking at making the same metadata available via a SPARQL endpoint for more flexible access.
This work is ongoing and experimental and we would welcome any comments or suggestions on the form this output should take. We'd also love to know of any uses you'd like to put our data to.
IESR: promoting use of academic e-resources in the UK
22 July 2010
Contributing to IESR
02 July 2010
We are planning changes to contributor processes and we’d like your input. We’d like to find out what would make it easier for you to contribute to IESR and hear your ideas for improvements. If you already submit content to IESR, or you would like to, please get in touch.
IESR call for case studies
25 February 2010
12 January 2010
We would like to thank everyone that provided feedback on the IESR web search interface. We are in the process of implementing changes to the interface following feedback from our online survey, focus groups and user testing sessions in November and December 2009. Changes will go live in February 2010 but please continue to contact us with further comments or suggestions for improvements.
30 November 2009
We are pleased to announce the launch of a new search interface. The interface has been redesigned in response to user feedback and includes new functionality and improved search results.
New IESR Search Functionality
29 October 2009
We are currently testing new IESR search and browse functionality and would really value your feedback. We will be replacing the current web search and browse over the coming weeks.
Until then you can trial our prototype. Your feedback will inform future development so please spare five minutes to complete the online survey. Many thanks in advance for your time.
Register your library catalogue in IESR
15 September 2009
Do you want to search your institution's library catalogue alongside Copac? Copac is harvesting library catalogue details from IESR to provide a cross search of your library holdings. Please email Jo.Lambert@manchester.ac.uk to register your catalogue with IESR.
Improvements to the IESR web search
28 July 2009
We're currently developing enhanced search and browse functionality for IESR using Autonomy IDOL. This will be released in September 2009 and will allow dynamic browsing and auto-suggestion of results. Please email Jo.Lambert@manchester.ac.uk to register your interest if you wish to be informed when this is available.
13 July 2009
The IESR team will be attending Umbrella 2009, 14-15 July 2009, at the University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield. We will be presenting a poster session in the exhibition hall or visit the Mimas stand for more information.
Copac Beta trial interfaces
13 July 2009
Copac are currently using records harvested from IESR to provide a search of your institutions library catalogue alongside Copac. Copac Beta uses a database of Z39.50 servers created from records in IESR. Please contact us if you would like your institution's catalogue to be available through Copac.
Latest Additions RSS Feed
23 March 2009
We are constantly adding new collection records to IESR and updating content. You can now be alerted to new resources by subscribing to the IESR Latest Additions RSS feed.
23 March 2009
The IESR Website
23 March 2009
The IESR website has recently been restructured in response to user feedback. We hope that the update will enable users and contributors to access the information they need quickly and easily. We would be interested to hear your comments on the website or suggestions for improvement. Please send your feedback to us.
New tools to contribute to and use the IESR
05 March 2009
The IESR team will be available at the Mimas stand at the JISC Conference, on 24 March, and the Librarians' Information Literacy Annual Conference (LILAC), from 30 March to 01 April. We will preview a growing catalogue of resources and demonstrate flexible new tools to exploit IESR content within the context of your own applications.
Latest Additions RSS Newsfeed
05 March 2009
RSS newsfeeds to alert you to new IESR content will be available at the end of March 2009. Please register your interest if you would like to be notified when the feed is available.
DRAI Data Loaded
08 July 2009
We are pleased to report that data records created by the Digital Repositories and Archives Inventory (DRAI) have been imported into IESR. DRAI is a JISC project to inventory non-commercial digital repositories & archives and aims to identify every repository of digital content that is free to UK HE institutions and hosted within the UK. 3718 collections are covered.
SRU/SRW Access to IESR
We are pleased to announce that IESR now has an SRU/SRW interface. Search/Retrieval via URL (SRU) is a standard XML-focused search protocol for Internet search queries. Search/Retrieval Web service (SRW) is a web service for search and retrieval and provides a SOAP interface to queries, to augment the URL interface provided by SRU. Details at: http://iesr.ac.uk/use/sru/.
Key Economic Data Added
IESR now includes details of ESDS International macro and micro economic datasets. ESDS International provides web based access to a range of macro and micro international datasets, disseminating and supporting both aggregate and survey international datasets for UK FE and HE. The data in IESR is updated weekly via OAI-PMH harvest from the UK Data Archive catalogue.