Portions of this work were completed when the author was an assistant professor in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin.
Finding expert authors in institutional repositories
Article first published online: 18 NOV 2010
Copyright © 2009 American Society for Information Science and Technology
Proceedings of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
Volume 46, Issue 1, pages 1–15, 2009
How to Cite
Efron, M. (2009), Finding expert authors in institutional repositories. Proc. Am. Soc. Info. Sci. Tech., 46: 1–15. doi: 10.1002/meet.2009.1450460361
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- Issue published online: 18 NOV 2010
- Article first published online: 18 NOV 2010
Institutional repositories collect the output of scholarly activities at universities and similar organizations. While a great deal of research has treated curation, collection development, and interoperability in institutional repositories, the literature regarding information retrieval in these repositories is small. This poster reports initial work on an ongoing project to improve access to institutional repository data through advanced information retrieval techniques. In particular, this poster treats the problem of “expert finding” in institutional repositories. We propose that a useful mode of information discovery lies in supporting queries seeking people (as opposed to documents) who evince expertise on a given topic. This poster describes a framework for conducting searches of expert authors in institutional repositories. Additionally we report results from several empirical tests designed to judge the effect of various modeling decisions in the expert finding problem for expert finding in institutional repositories.