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Web > Web Committee Agenda, 03 April 2012

Web Committee Agenda, 03 April 2012

Notes from previous meeting

Notes from 07 February 2012 to be approved.

Business arising

bX trial

The test instance of SFX’s bX Scholarly Recommender is up. To see the recommendations, change in a URL to For example:

Search cues for VuFind stale

The examples used as VuFind search cues (such as jimi hendrix; atwood m*; "freud, sigmund" for Author Keyword) have been unchanged for years. Should they be updated with different examples? Could we keep the examples for Keyword (scholars portal journals; "origin of species"; cubism and Picasso) current and relevant and eye-catching? For example: presidential primaries, occupy movement, Valentine’s Day.

Google Webmaster Tools

Google Webmaster Tools has been activated for our main site, the mobile site, and (which hosts YorkSpace and OJS).

We may also look at Google Analytics.

Brief introduction to Talis Aspire

Talis Aspire is “is a cloud-based, resource-list management solution that enables universities to transform resource discovery and access for today’s demanding student.” A very short video shows what it does. It’s solving the problem of how reading lists for university courses, which are filled with very useful information about what books and articles are most relevant to a subject, are never aggregated and mined to provide recommendations.

Comments are possible

We can allow commenting on pages if we want: for example, this very page.

Scott Reference/Research and Collections hours on home page

Walter Giesbrecht will present this suggestion.

News and updates

News and updates about anything web-related in the libraries and archives or anywhere else that might be of interest to us.

Other business


The next meeting will be on Tuesday 1 May 2012.

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