Evaluating Automated Subject Tools for Enhancing Retrieval (EASTER)

The HRU (Tudhope and Everitt) is collaborating in the Evaluating Automated Subject Tools for Enhancing Retrieval (EASTER) project, funded under the JISC Information Environment Programme. The project is led by UKOLN and the main project website, with documentation and results, is maintained at UKOLN.

The purpose of the project is to test and evaluate existing tools for automated subject metadata generation in order to better understand what is possible and what the limitations of current solutions are, and to make subsequent recommendations for services employing subject metadata in the JISC community. The information centre chosen as a test-bed for this project is Intute. Selected tools for automated subject metadata generation will be tested and evaluated.

Project partners
UKOLN, University of Bath (lead)
Hypermedia Research Unit, University of Glamorgan
Intute, MIMAS – University of Manchester
Centre for HCI Design, City University London
Dagobert Soergel (consulting expert)
Non-funded supporting partners are:

Royal School Library and Information Science, Denmark
Department of Information Studies, University College London
OCLC Office of Research, USA

Glamorgan’s role is to install, tailor and conduct the evaluations of the selected automatic indexing/classification tools. The project is currently underway – more details shortly.