• Output Type: Working Group Supporting Output
  • Review Status: Endorsed
  • Review Deadline: 2018-07-26
  • Author(s): Mingfang Wu
  • Abstract

    Data Discovery Paradigms IG
    Group co-chairs: Siri Jodha Khalsa, Anita de Waard, Mingfang Wu, Fotis Psomopoulos

    Supporting Output title: A survey of current practices in data search services

    Contributors: SiriJodha Khalsa, Peter Cotroneo, Mingfang Wu
    DOI: doi.org/10.17632/7j43z6n22z.1 
    Citation: SiriJodha Khalsa, Peter Cotroneo, Mingfang Wu (2018): A survey of current practices in data search services. DOI: doi.org/10.17632/7j43z6n22z.1.



    Relevancy ranking is an important component of making a data repository’s search system responsive to data seekers’ needs. The Research Data Alliance (RDA) Data Discovery Paradigms Interest Group (https://www.rd-alliance.org/groups/data-discovery-paradigms-ig) is a collaborative activity within our data community which aims to improve data searchability. This survey is intended to gather information about the current practices and lessons learnt by data repositories in implementing relevancy ranking in search systems. We expect that analysis of the survey results will:

    • Help data repositories choose appropriate technologies when implementing or improving their search functionality;
    • Provide a means for sharing experiences in improving relevancy ranking;
    • Capture the aspirations, successes and challenges encountered from research data repository managers;
    • Help the Data Discovery Paradigms Interest group align future activities on data search improvement with the interests of data search service providers.

    Survey instrument, survey responses and survey report are available from the page pointed by the above DOI. 


  • Group Technology focus: Dissemination
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