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?

  1. A public-facing search portal service available at: http://jerome.library.lincoln.ac.uk/
    • Featuring searchbrowse, and bibliographic record views.
    • Search is provided by Sphinx.
    • A ?mixing desk? allows user control over advanced search parameters.
    • Each record is augmented by data from OpenLibrary (licenced under CC0) to help boost the depth and accuracy of our own catalogue. Where possible, OpenLibrary also provides our book cover images.
    • Bibliographic work pages sport COinS metadata and links to previews from Google Books.
    • Item data is harvested from the Library Management System.
    • Social tools allow sharing of works on Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  2. Openly licensed bibliographic data, available at http://data.lincoln.ac.uk/documentation.html#bib, and including:
  3. Attractive, documented, supported APIs for all data, with a timeline of data refresh cycles. The APIs will provide data in the following formats:
    1. RDF/XML
    2. JSON
    3. RIS
    4. The potential for MARC
  4. Source code for Jerome will be made Open and publicly available on GitHub.
  5. While the user interface, technical infrastructure, analytics and machine learning/personalisation aspects of Jerome have been discussed fairly heavily on the project blog, you?ll have to wait a little while for formal case studies.
  6. Contributions to community events. We presented/discussed Jerome at:

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?

Project website

Jerome discovery tool

Bibliographic data