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The Discoverability Problem: How To Get Out of the Filter Bubble Recommendation Systems?

The Discoverability Problem: How To Get Out of the Filter Bubble Recommendation Systems? | Librarysoul | Scoop.it


Robin Good: Brett Sandusky attacks the "discovery" topic with simple, straight logic, analyzing what all the new startups and the new tech fanatics seem to systematically look over.

 

How can you help me discover new stuff, if you are intentionally limiting your exploratory gathering to algorithms and to, however varied, network of contacts?

 

She writes: "The discoverability problem in books is a challenge. It’s about connecting users to new and interesting titles, that they wouldn’t normally have seen. This last part bears repeating: …that they wouldn’t normally have seen.

 

Ultimately, the problem with all these discoverability sites is this: their algorithms (if they are even using an algorithm) are based on aggregate data in a one size fits all model.


The more people who read something, the more often it shows up in your recommendations. But, that’s not discoverability. That’s the NYT bestseller list. That’s Nielsen Bookscan telling you the top sales of the week.


Just because most of my friends are reading bestsellers (because, duh, whose aren’t? In fact, that seems to just reinforce the concept of the term “bestseller”) does that mean I should only be shown these titles?

 

Obviously, the answer is no. But, how do we get there?"

 

The answer is that we need a) more expert and qualified human intervention to unearth and pick new stuff, and b) behavioral data coupled with data collected on customer preference to allows us to connect those selected materials to the users in the system.

 

 

Rightful. Timely. 8/10

 

Find out: http://www.brettsandusky.com/2012/10/05/discover-me/

 

(Image credit: Josephine Wall - Discovery)

 

 


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Robin Good's comment, October 14, 2012 3:56 AM
Too bad that it is only in Russian, as I can't make much sense of whether there is real value in there or not. Or is it there a western language edition?
RPattinson-Daily's comment, October 14, 2012 8:20 AM
Robin Good, thank You for attention to my comment. Unfortunately, due to crisis of 2008 plans of creation its western language edition were terminated. However, concept, technologies, business model of such recommendation service for creative goods (books, movies, music) were described in book “The Economics of Symbolic Exchange” by Alexander Dolgin (2006) (http://www.amazon.com/Economics-Symbolic-Exchange-Alexander-Dolgin/dp/354079882X). I was content curator, market researcher and editor of this book.
It can be read by parts/chapters depending on interest (see its Contents in Amazon). For example, chapter 1.3 about consumer navigation in creative industry such as online music market, ch.2.7 – survey of recommender systems. The music industry was first where recommendation systems based on collaborative filtering were implemented (for example Last.Fm, and many others). How well they are working you may check out for music – Last.Fm (www.last.fm), for movies – Netflix (www.netflix.com).
Robin Good's comment, October 14, 2012 9:12 AM
Thank you for clarifying this and having provided these useful references.
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The great British library betrayal: Closures bring national network to brink of ‘absolute disaster’, reveals official inquiry

The great British library betrayal: Closures bring national network to brink of ‘absolute disaster’, reveals official inquiry | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Library services are on the brink of disaster and can only be saved if they become more like coffee shops with wi-fi, sofas and hot drinks, a report will recommend on Thursday.

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Libraries could play key role in managing research data - Data - Research Information

Libraries could play key role in managing research data - Data - Research Information | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

Sharing and long-term preservation of research data are increasingly important to the research process, strengthening the process of science and maximising a funder’s return on research investment. While some fields have embraced the sharing of data more fully than others, the sharing of research data is of growing interest across all scientific disciplines.

However, we are still transitioning from a document-centric view of science to a data-centric view, and the infrastructure is not yet in place for the seamless sharing and reuse of scientific data. A growing number of increasingly sophisticated instruments and sensors mean that the scientific data available for sharing is growing rapidly, but there is a lot of work involved in extracting that data from researchers’ hard drives and ensuring that it is accessible in the long term.

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7 New Marketing Skills Public Libraries Must Have - New Jersey State Library

7 New Marketing Skills Public Libraries Must Have - New Jersey State Library | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Digital and mobile technologies have changed the job of marketing public libraries tremendously. Although the underlying principles of marketing haven’t changed, new skills are now essential for success. As you put together your marketing plan, it’s a good idea to think about the skills required to execute it. Creativity will always be valued in marketing, …
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Library usage falls significantly as services shrink

Library usage falls significantly as services shrink | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
The number of branches still open in Britain has fallen 8% since 2009, with visits down 40m since 2010
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Publish what they like and they'll read them: What Kids Want in Books | Book Patrol

Publish what they like and they'll read them: What Kids Want in Books | Book Patrol | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Infograph by Scholastic and devised from the Kids & Family Reading Report: Fifth Edition which is due out in January 2015.
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Edmonton Public Library Adds Homeless Outreach to Five New Branches

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One of the many reasons Alberta’s Edmonton Public Library (EPL) was chosen as Gale/LJ Library of the Year for 2014 is its commitment to community services.
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Being a librarian means continuing to learn new skills for the rest of your life.

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This anonymous interview is with a law firm librarian who has been a hiring manager and a member of a hiring or search committee. This person hires the following types of LIS professionals: Assista...
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The Strand’s Stand: How It Keeps Going in the Age of Amazon

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There is only one true long-term threat to the legendary bookstore, and it comes from within.
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The Ferguson Public Library as an epicenter of healing | Book Patrol

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Ferguson is a mess. The schools are closed, part of the town is smoldering, people are angry and justice got away. But the Ferguson Public Library remains open!
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A Little Free Library loving third-grader on the power of books | Book Patrol

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I think we might have met the poster child for the Little Free Library phenomenon.
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OCLC Publishes FY 2014 Annual Report | LJ INFOdocket

OCLC Publishes FY 2014 Annual Report | LJ INFOdocket | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
This is the first digital OCLC Annual Report and is titled Advancing Together. It includes several videos and slide shows. If you prefer, a PDF version minus some of these features is also available. The digital report is available in six languages. Direct to
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Reading Pathway: The Extraordinary Isabel Allende - BOOK RIOT

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Reading Pathways is a regular Book Riot feature in which we suggest a three-book reading sequence for becoming acquainted with certain authors.Three books: a novel, a memoir and a YA, to get you started reading Isabel Allende.

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Cool Stuff Librarians Do: Librarians Without Borders - BOOK RIOT

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Librarians Without Borders (LWB) is putting information in the hands of the world, one underserved community at a time.
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How Reading Fiction Can Help You Live a Better Life

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How Reading Fiction Can Help You Live a Better Life http://lifehacker.com/how-reading-fiction-can-help-you-live-a-better-life-1666696457 Reading Might Help You Learn Empathy Fiction Teaches You That Change Is Inevitable Fiction Breeds Curiosity Reading...
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More than just books: Why libraries matter in Canada

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Take a look at our libraries, and you can read us like a book. Mention public services, and the mind leaps to healthcare or police, or maybe garbage collection, transit or road repairs. Mention a library, and many people will…
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Birmingham city council to axe thousands of jobs as part of ‘dire cuts’

Birmingham city council to axe thousands of jobs as part of ‘dire cuts’ | Librarysoul | Scoop.it
Plans include cutting 6,000 jobs and reducing opening hours at the new Library of Birmingham to make £300m savings
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Fifty libraries have closed in the UK this year | The Bookseller

Fifty libraries have closed in the UK this year | The Bookseller | Librarysoul | Scoop.it

The UK has lost nearly 50 libraries over the past year, according to full figures released today (11th December) by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

Altogether, the the total number of libraries in the UK fell from 4,194 in 2012-13, to 4,145 in 2013-14, a loss of 49 libraries, and a drop of 1.2%. In the last financial year of the last parliament, 2009-2010, the UK had 4,482 libraries, meaning there has been an overall loss of 337 libraries in the past five years, a decline of 7.5%. The figures are based on information reported by local authorities, and take into account both closures and openings of libraries.

 

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Libraries are gateways to knowledge

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ELMORE – Today’s school libraries are not what they were when today’s parents were children. Back then, libraries were nothing more than rooms filled floor to ceiling with books. But advancements in technology have made those rooms gateways to the world’s knowledge, and the librarians that run them know the way through those gates.

But maybe not for long.

Jean Schultz, library media specialist for Woodmore schools, has worked hard to obtain the training she needs to have the knowledge to provide the best technological resources available to the district’s students.

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These Are Some of the Coolest Libraries in the World - Slate Magazine (blog)

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Libraries are at once solitary and social, often serving as cornerstones of communities. Throughout history, their design has developed alongside the democratization of knowledge.
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Top 5 problems with library websites – a review of recent usability studies

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Top 5 problems with library websites – a review of recent usability studies Via emilysingley "What are the most common UX problems with academic library websites and library tools?  I looked at 16 studiesconducted over the past two years, and here is what I learned: What does that mean?  Library jargon   What am I searching?…
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Online donations buoy Ferguson library

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In the unrest following the grand jury decision in the case of Michael Brown, several groups tried to kick in the big glass doors of the Ferguson Public Library.

They failed, and now the space has become a sanctuary.

On a desk inside the library, a homemade sign reads "During difficult times, the library is a quiet oasis."

While many businesses in Ferguson have closed their doors, the library - two blocks from the police station and centrally located among the protests - is open. On Tuesday when schools were closed, children participated in crafts and story time programmes and ate lunch. On Wednesday, reporters worked in the quiet space, while business owners took part in archive-preservation programmes.

 
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James Patterson is pissed: Calls out Obama for book support | Book Patrol

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Patterson is throwing books on the fire to wake up the the government and promote his #SaveOur Books campaign.
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Library Special, Guy Garvey's Finest Hour - BBC

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.Guy Garvey takes the Finest Hour on a tour of Manchester's libraries, 

from the beautiful neo-gothic treasure trove that is John Rylands Library to the newly refurbished Manchester Central Library to the hidden gem that is the Portico Library.

He'll be discovering some of the city's most precious artefacts including one of the world's oldest biblical texts, an ancient Greek medical document, Shakespeare's Second Folio dating back to 1632, and archive films about Manchester's music scene.

This programme is part of 6 Music Celebrates Libraries which features a selection of shows across the network turning their attention to libraries - from the sound archive of the British library to exploring the influence of literature on music. Next Friday Steve Lamacq will be broadcasting live from the British Library in London.

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Swiss Army Librarian » Random Notes on a Tech Program for Seniors :: Brian Herzog

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Swiss Army Librarian is a blog by Brian Herzog mostly about library and technology issues relating to public libraries
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Computers are ranking the world's important authors

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Trying to rate the world's literary giants is tricky at best. Do you go by the number of books sold? The long-term cultural impact? If you're Dartmouth College researcher Allen Riddell, you make computers decide.
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