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BEN Tools & Isovera Services

Isovera Consulting

Cal Collins, Shakib Mostafa, Sergey Demidenko

Feb. 2008



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Overview

Table of Contents


Introduction to the BEN Portal


BEN Architecture


Isovera Digital Library


Case Studies: ASM, ESA, APS


IsoveraDL Software
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as
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a
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Service


Community Sign On


Isovera Services


Isovera Timeline


Interactive Demonstrations


Portal Search & new features


IsoveraDL

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Introduction to the BEN Portal


New portal re
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design released early 2007


Advanced search feature allows filtering results by 10 different fields


New harvesting tools improve efficiency and lower maintenance cost


More stable and better performing


Fall 2007, search and browse opened for non
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registered users


Currently holds:


8,237 peer reviewed biology learning resources


9,930 registered users


26 BEN Collaborators

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BEN Architecture


BEN Portal

Metadata
Database

Harvester

Module

Partner
Collection
A

Partner
Collection
B

IsoveraDL

SaaS

Partner
C

Partner
D

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BEN Architecture

BEN Portal


Main Goal
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Aggregate vast amounts of quality, peer
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reviewed
learning objects


Aggregation of learning objects is done using internet standard
Harvesting OAI
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PMH technology


Harvesting Needs:


Quality & error checking


Access to reports


Automation for low maintenance


Newly developed harvesting tools on BEN portal:


Improved automation


all requests are handled by system


Improved quality assurance


higher detail reports


Easy of use


one click harvest launch

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BEN Portal

Demo

http://www.biosciednet.org/

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Isovera Digital Library

IsoveraDL aka “Dewey”


What is IsoveraDL?


IsoveraDL is a digital library and peer review system


Defined BEN
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LOM metadata fields


Use of controlled vocabularies


User manageable record submission forms


User manageable peer review system


These functions are customizable through a web interface by
administrative users

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Isovera Digital Library

IsoveraDL


Who can use IsoveraDL?


Anyone can download and use IsoveraDL


BEN Collaborator may subscribe to IsoveraDL Software as a Service
(SaaS)


Organizations can do their own implementations and customizations of
the software

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Isovera Digital Library

IsoveraDL


Which BEN partners use IsoveraDL?


Currently:


The Video and Image Data Access (VIDA)


The Ecological Society of America (ESA)


BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium (BCC)


In progress:


The American Physiological Society (APS) & Partners


American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG)


The Biotechnology Institute (BI)


Upcoming:


Society of Toxicology (SOT)


BEN General Biology Collection


AIBS, Others?

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Isovera Digital Library

IsoveraDL


What is the status of IsoveraDL?


1.0 release September 2006


2.0 release December 2007


Peer Review system


Harvester Module


XML import for records


Search and Browse interface


2.1 release March 2008


User guide


Advanced search by multiple fields


Authors management interface


save authors to system, select
from drop down menu when adding new records


Additional input types

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Isovera Digital Library

IsoveraDL


How much does IsoveraDL cost?


Free for download and installation to all internet users


Subscription to IsoveraDL SaaS at no cost to you


Isovera can provide personal customizations and implementation at a
cost

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Case Studies

Building your BEN Digital Library


Multiple Models supported


Case studies show diverse approaches


Common requirements:


Peer reviewed resources


Compliance with OAI
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PMH and BEN Learning Object Metadata
specifications

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Case Study

The American Society For Microbiology (ASM)


Had many complex personal requirements and customizations


Memberships and subscriptions


Built in
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house digital library collection


Metadata conforms to BEN
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LOM specification


Harvesting to BEN portal is done using OAI
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PMH

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Case Study

The Ecological Society of America (ESA)


Custom IsoveraDL implementation


Data Migration


HTML implementation


Search and Browse features


New feature: Generate thumbnail images on the fly

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Case Study

The American Physiological Society (APS)


More complex IsoveraDL integration


Data Migration from non
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standard BEN database


Further customizations to search and browse, HTML implementation


Authors management system


Additional input types for record submission forms


Hosts metadata from multiple collections:


APS, SDB, HAPS, NAHSEP, Physiology for the 21st Century


Integrated Peer Review system

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New Model: Software as a Service

(SaaS)


Instead of buying software and paying for installation and
maintenance, you just rent a fully functional instance of the software
where installation, maintenance, and periodic upgrades are taken
care of.


What are the advantages of using IsoveraDL SaaS?


No cost, not even for the server


Constant monitoring and maintenance, also at no cost


Regular upgrades


What are the disadvantages of using IsoveraDL SaaS?


Complex functionality customizations not free of charge or may not be
supported at all (e.g. Use of non LAMP stack platform, HTTPS, new
core feature)


No access to the back end

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Software as a Service

(SaaS)


Who should use IsoveraDL SaaS?


You should use IsoveraDL SaaS if you:


Do not require extensive customization to IsoveraDL core
functionalities, i.e. you do not need extra functionality or different
workflow from what you can see in the IsoveraDL demo site


Do not need access to back end, or do not have a policy to host
your server internally



Who should not use IsoveraDL SaaS?


You should not use SaaS if:


Your organization policy is to host IsoveraDL in your internal server


You require complex customization of core IsoveraDL functionalities
and workflows

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Software as a Service

(SaaS)


How much does IsoveraDL SaaS cost?


No cost to set up or maintain. The only possible cost is associated with
data migration or additional features. If you have an existing system that
you want to replace with IsoveraDL and the database schema for the
existing system is not compatible with IsoveraDL database schema then
funding is required for data migration. The cost depends on the
complexity of the existing system and ranges from $2,000 to $10,000.



If I use IsoveraDL SaaS, who owns my collection data?


You do. Goal is to provide a service while ensuring collections retain
ownership and control over their records.

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Community Sign On (CSO)

Brief Introduction


What is Community Sign On (CSO)?


NSDL’s Community Sign On technology supports a single login for
multiple websites within a community. This is one of our upcoming
projects. When we implement CSO participating BEN Collaborators will
be able to provide their users access to the websites of all other
participating sites within BEN. CSO can provide great benefits for the
user as he will only need to log in once to access all websites
participating in the CSO federation.



CSO is planned to be implemented for the BEN portal, IsoveraDL, and
participating partner collections

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Isovera Services


What does Isovera provide?


BEN Portal Maintenance & Support


Harvesting: quarterly operation to aggregate collaborators’ learning
objects into the BEN Portal


Conduct harvest on staging database


Generate reports


Communicate with collaborator to resolve errors


Publish records to production database


Diagnose and troubleshoot harvesting software


Support for BEN
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LOM


metadata conforms to spec


Portal maintenance


Site content updates


General Biology Collection maintenance and support


User and server maintenance

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Isovera Services


What does Isovera provide?


Isovera Digital Library
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IsoveraDL


IsoveraDL critical bug fixes and patches


Basic support on walkthroughs and hands on support including
installation, configuration, troubleshooting, diagnostics, and harvesting


IsoveraDL SaaS


Isovera Digital Library Software
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as
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a
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Service


Support for integration of Community Sign On for IsoveraDL
implementations

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Isovera Timeline

In Conclusion


Initial Partners


collections software (2002)


1st generation harvesting (2003)


BEN Portal (2003)


IsoveraDL 1.0 (2006)


BEN Portal re
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design & improved search (2007)


IsoveraDL 2.0 Peer Review system (2007)


IsoveraDL SaaS (2008
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09)


Community Sign On (2008
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09)

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References


Demo of the Isovera Digital Library


http://www.biosciednet.org/dewey/



BEN Technical FAQ


http://www.biosciednet.org/project_site/docs/BENTechnicalFAQ.htm



BEN Harvesting Process


http://www.biosciednet.org/project_site/docs/IsoveraHarvestingProc
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