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1 NSDL Expert Voices Final Report Nina Shih Cornell University 100 Fairview Sq. Apt. 4D, Ithaca, NY 14850 nfs3@cornell.edu Yi Wei Cornell University 614 Stewart Ave. Apt. 3 Ithaca, NY 14850 yw99@cornell.edu Colin Zhao Cornell University 140B Valentine Place Ithaca, NY, 14850 cz36@cornell.edu ABSTRACT The Expert Voices (EV) project is a new initiative by the NSDL to create a resource-centric interaction space in which participants can discuss topics of interest, share their intellectual experiences, raise questions, receive feedback on their comments and provide information about resources that they have used. The record of these interactions will serve as a rich source of metadata on NSDL resources. This paper details the theory, prior work and practical factors that led to the design of a blogging system to create such a space, as well as the results from user evaluations of the system. INTRODUCTION Background The National Science Digital Library (NSDL) is an online library targeted at Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. It consists of an information network overlay [4] architecture that amalgamates resources from different repositories and stores them as a graph of digital objects [5]. The NSDL community consists of leading intellectuals, K-12 teachers, librarians, NSDL library builders and general browsers. Motivation Having amassed hundreds of thousands of resources, there is the opportunity to augment the NSDL with an interaction space to create a resource-centric information ecosystem . An ecosystem is defined as a set of organisms and their environment. This ecosystem consists of leading intellectuals, K-12 teachers, librarians, NSDL library builders and other NSDL users and the environment of NSDL resources around which they interact. The envisioned system will allow users to comment on NSDL resources, discuss topics of interest, share their experiences, raise questions and receive feedback. By keeping a record of these interactions around NSDL resources, EV is further expected to become a prominent metadata provider for NSDL resources and a valuable avenue through which users can find out how other users are harnessing documents in the NSDL. Foundation To build such as system, we considered a mix of theories and prior research from the INFO 440 class as well as input from members of the NSDL administration. We realized that prior research and theories, as detailed below, provided good starting points for our project. Directions from the administration, however, had a tendency to be based on intuition, individual likes and dislikes as well as the necessity to meet a 2-month deadline. Nonetheless, both research and the administration pointed us to blogging technology as the foundation of the EV system. Blogspace as a New Social Space
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