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AX-S Widget Demonstrator Project

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Welcome to the AX-S widget demonstrator project blog.  The purpose of this blog will be to provide updates on the development of the demonstrator with a focus on how we’ve worked with XCRI-CAP and lesssons that can be learned.

I gave a description of the AX-S Widget in a previous post.  Here’s one example of how it might be used.

Example scenario

A University deploys the AX-S Widget on their course search pages on their website connected to their XCRI-CAP courses information.  At a minimum the search criteria available will be keyword search, but any other data itemised in the XCRI-CAP feed could be used to refine the search.

This scenario will use the case of a graduate with a BA in History (with a focus on medieval history) looking for Postgraduate opportunities.

The user begins to enter “history” as a keyword.  A list of potential search terms is generated for the user to choose from.  Users will only be able to select terms from the list, which will contain the terms for each JACS code related to the term they began to type in.  The terms in the list will be presented in a weighted fashion so that the most relevant to the term they were typing is displayed first.  In this instance there are a number of search terms all rated at the same level and so they are presented alphabetically starting with “Africa: history”.  A little lower down the list is “early medieval history”: our user selects this term and (given this option on this particular institution’s website) also filters for postgraduate and full time study (educationLevel and studyMode XCRI-CAP fields).

The user is returned a list of courses which meet these criteria on the institution’s website.  It also returns opportunities related to this term presented in order of proximity to the original search term.  For example in our scenario it will return early medieval history courses at the top of the results, followed by the slightly more generic “history of specific periods” courses, followed by the even more generic “history” courses.  The user can then select a course to find out more, or look at subject areas which have been returned to inspire them to look at related fields of study they may be interested in.

A full use case is available

Written by jennifermdenton

August 6, 2012 at 7:49 am