Program Session

2 - Discovering Data: A Federated Search Portal of Data Journals

Sunday, May 28
3:10 PM - 3:15 PM
Room: 612

Objectives: Data journals are a means to share datasets and provide detailed information about the methods and instrumentation used to acquire the data. MEDLINE indexes very few data journals and does not provide full-text searching. To facilitate data discovery we created a federated search portal that searches the full-text of select open access data journals.

Methods: We identified seven open access health science data journals and examined their search features. To be included in the federated search portal each journal’s search interface had to allow searching across all fields, such as data type, data description, materials, methods, instrumentation, data source location, and data accessibility. Four journals met this criteria: Data in Brief, Genomics Data, GigaScience, and Scientific Data. Using the proprietary software IBM Watson Explorer a federated search portal was developed to search across the data journals with one query. Search results are aggregated and ordered by relevance and can be filtered by journal name or clustered topical categories that are created on the fly based on the textual information of the retrieved records. The portal is available on our data management LibGuide. Usage is tracked and feedback/comments can be submitted to guide further changes.

Keywords: data management; data journals; federated searching



Program Session

Melissa A. Ratajeski

Coordinator of Data Management Services
Health Sciences Library System
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Melissa A. Ratajeski is the Coordinator of Data Management Services and liaison to the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee at the Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh. In this role, she provides support and training for researchers at each stage of the data lifecycle.

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Andrea Ketchum

Research and Instruction Librarian/Scholarly Communication Liaison
Health Sciences Library System
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Andrea Ketchum, AHIP, is Research & Instruction Librarian/Scholarly Communication Liaison, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh. She currently serves as Co-Chair on the Ad Hoc Committee to Review Core Clinical Journals . Her interests include data management, open access, federal public access policies, health information management, and systematic reviews.

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Angela Zack

Knowledge Integration Lead
Health Sciences Library System
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Carrie L. Iwema

Information Specialist in Molecular Biology
Health Sciences Library System
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Carrie L Iwema, PhD, MLS, AHIP, is a Molecular Bioinformationist for the Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh.

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