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Metacombine Project

From ToolCenter The MetaCombine Project


Welcome to the home page of MetaCombine, a Mellon-funded project hosted at Emory University. MetaCombine is a part of Emory's MetaScholar Initiative. The goal of MetaCombine is to experiment with methods to more meaningfully combine digital library resources and services, and, whenever possible, demonstrate the deployment of these methods. Below is an overview based on the initial project proposal to Mellon. Overview July 2003 Executive Summary Emory University seeks to conduct practical experimentation with improved techniques for organization and access to scholarly information via the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) as well as the World Wide Web. Through the proposed project, Emory will explore combinations of information and services at various levels of abstraction: combined search of OAI and Web resources, combined semantic clusters of information, and combined digital library components acting as a whole. Hence, the project name: MetaCombine.

Key Points

1) The MetaCombine project will assess the effectiveness of several specific semantic clustering techniques (see glossary for a description of this approach to information organization) for improving organization and access to bodies of metadata exposed via the OAI-PMH as well as Web resources. The focus will be on two prominent techniques: the support vector machine (SVM) class of algorithms and multidimensional scaling (MDS) visualization (see glossary for an overview of these methodologies).

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