Promoting Access to Scientific & Socio-economic

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African Public Libraries Summit, September 19
-
21, 2012


Ahmed Al
-
Awah


Head, Information Systems & Technical Services

Library and Information Management Services

ICT, Science and Technology Division (ISTD)

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

Promoting Access to Scientific & Socio
-
economic
Information in/on Africa (ASKIA)

A UNECA Program

UNECA

ECA

Outline

Context


ECA’s vision and programmes

Access Scientific and Socio
-
economic Information in Africa
(ASKIA) program

Demonstration of ASKIA prototype

Overview of ASKIA Features

Going Forward

Questions

ECA

ECA’s mandate & vision

The Economic Commission of Africa:

established 1958

one of the UN Secretariat's five regional commissions


5 Sub
-
Regional Offices (SROs): Morocco, Niger, Rwanda,
Zambia & Cameroon


to promote economic and social development, foster intra
-
regional
integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa's
development

ECA

Support to member states

Dual role
as regional arm of the UN & part of the
regional institutional landscape


Provides a vantage position to harness resources and make unique
contributions
to assist member States' efforts to address their
development challenges


ECA

ASKIA Programme

Access to Scientific/Socio
-
economic Knowledge in/on
Africa (ASKIA) Initiative:


defines a framework for bringing together a variety of scientific and socio
-
economic and associated information to the African community;

Is an implementation programme for the African Virtual Libraries
Information Network (AVLIN) established by member states/ECA at the
CODI meeting

Identifies 5

strategic areas of intervention working in synergy to achieve the
overall program objective

ECA

ASKIA Online portal

A one stop shop to all knowledge types
from/on Africa

Strategic interventions

ASKIA FSE

Facilitate collation, discovery of
knowledge on/from Africa through a
single search

Geo
-
data Repository

Access to thousands of maps from Africa

Values added services through information
contextualizing

Knowledge Hub

Through partnerships enhance capacity of
African institutions


BioMed Central, NAML,
CNHR

Capacity Building

ECA

DATAD/

ASKIA


Maps &
Geo Data

Scientific

Databases


University


A

University

B

E
-
Journals

Community Corner


Members information


E
-
forums
-

CoPs


Blog
-

Best practices


Project Mgmt Tools

Information Resources on the Internet

ASKIA
:
http://www.uneca.org/askia


Service A

University Theses

Tools & standards

WWW

Knowledge Hub

E
-
Registries

Service B

Country Specific


Maps, Media, Documents

E
-
Directories

Library
OPACs

Research

4Life


ASKIA Online Platform

ASKIA

Federated

Search


Data Harvester

Service C

Media stories on
African development

Digital Maps

of Africa

Service D

ECA

Demonstration


http://askia.uneca.org


ASKIA Search Features

ECA

It is estimated that there is more than
500 times more content

in the Deep Web than the Surface Web.


What is the Deep Web?

The
Deep Web

is a collection of internet
information sources that are generally not
accessible to web spiders or crawlers and
cannot
, therefore, be indexed for search by
popular search engines such as Google,
Yahoo! or Bing (aka the
Surface Web
).


ECA

One query…multiple distributed databases…single result set….


What is Federated Search?

“Federated Search
is an application or
service that allows users to submit a
real
-
time

search
in parallel

to
multiple,
distributed

information sources and
retrieve
aggregated, ranked and de
-
duplicated

results.”


ECA

Features at a glance

Incremental results

Users get results
fast!

Intelligent clustering

Users can browse
concepts

not just
keywords,

and

use filters

Powerful connectors

Users go deeper and

see

better
results

from each source

Relevance Ranking

Users see most
relevant results

across all sources at the top

Alerts

Users receive

the
newest results
emailed
to them

Feature

Benefit

ECA

AND, OR, NOT

Advanced Search Page


Unlimited categories
(sources can be in
multiple categories)


Select sources to search


One or Two columns


Fielded Searching


Boolean Searching

ECA

Incremental display of
search results


Users
get their results fast!

ECA

Results Page


Incremental Results


Spell Check


Ranked Results


Collection Status


Sort/Refine/Limit


Intelligent Clustering


Email/Print

ECA

Relevance Ranking


Occurrence of search terms within
titles & snippets


Assigning weight to sources


More current results are assigned
greater weight



Read:
“Ranking: The Secret Sauce for Searching the
Deep Web”

ECA

Intelligent Clustering


Real
-
time semantic
analysis of results creates
clusters on
-
the
-
fly.


Discover relationships
behind the results, not
just “keywords.”

Read:
“Clusters That Think”

ECA

My Selections


-

Export to Ref
-
Works or EndNote
or Mendeley


-

Download to RIS
format


-

Email/Print

ECA

Alerts


Delivery online or via email


Daily, Weekly, Monthly


Pick and choose your sources


Export to RSS reader


Maintain database of past
results

ECA

Visualize the Result Set

Visualize cluster
results to see
relationships
between topics
more easily.

ECA

Clustering by Document Type

ECA

Features under development…

Contextualization of Sources

Experts, Geo maps, Raw Data, Info graphs, Multimedia tabs


Localization

the ability to toggle between languages and include
French,
Arabic


Multi
-
Lingual

queries translated to the native language of sources for best results


Mobile
Apps

& Social Media

ASKIA apps for iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone

integrate with different social media services


My ASKIA

customize the standard My Selection specific to ASKIA needs

allow users to save selected results for reviewing later


ECA

Going Forward

ASKIA Go
-
Live


October 2012

Federated expert online resources to be
included in search results from ASKIA

Develop partnerships with various institutions
in Africa to further develop ASKIA

Capacity building initiatives to assist
institutions in Africa to capture, manage, and
disseminate their knowledge

ECA


THANK YOU!!!


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