What was this project about?
Jerome is a project to explore new ways of exposing, searching and using Library information to create a better way of using Library services. This new Library portal is a test-bed for our ideas, using cutting-edge technology to enhance your experience.
Saint Jerome lived in the 4th and 5th centuries. He is the patron saint of archeologists, archivists, Bible scholars, librarians, libraries, school children, students and translators. This project is named after him. The Principal Investigator was Paul Stainthorp, Electronic Resources Librarian, working with Alex Bilbie and Nick Jackson from the ICT Online Services Team.
Why did we undertake the project?
One of the key aims of Jerome was to unify, standardise and homogenise our different resource collections into a single searchable index following standard patterns. The Library catalogue is currently harvested by iterating through our internal reference numbers and screen-scraping the results from our catalogue system?s online information portal. These results are then placed into the database ready to be indexed on their titles, authors, publishers and more.
Our available journals are listed using proprietary software. Jerome takes an export of this data and collects it into its central database, performing on-the-fly calculations of access start and end dates.
The University of Lincoln offers an institutional repository which contains thousands of items released for open access. Jerome harvests metadata on these items using the OAI-PMH standard and includes them in the unified index, providing full-text searching of titles, authors and abstracts from a single point.
We currently make use of data from OpenLibrary (licensed under CC0) to help boost the depth and accuracy of our own catalogue. OpenLibrary also provides our book cover images. Jerome makes its homogenised resources index available using a variety of licences, predominantly CC0. Individual resource pages show the licence which the metadata is licensed under, not the work itself.
What did the project achieve?
When did the project take place?
February 2011 to July 2011
What did the project cost?
Total project cost: £45,732. Funding received: £36,585.
Where can I find more information?
Jerome discovery tool