I was interested in the recent JISC Personalisation report. This was produced by Sero Consulting Ltd and Hedtek Ltd who were commissioned by JISC to develop a synthesis of work in the Information Environment programme, including a number of Rapid Innovation projects, pertaining to ‘personalisation’ in its various guises.
The Technical Overview contains the following extract with respect to JournalTOCs, the free journal current awareness service that I sometimes contribute to, and shows that there are plenty ideas for future development, if funding can be secured.
Although ticTOCS is available as a service at http://www.tictocs.ac.uk/ it is no longer being updated, and no further development work is being undertaken. However, another journal TOC service, called JournalTOCs which arose out of the ticTOCs project after that project finished, and which is available at http://www.journaltocs.hw.ac.uk/ IS still being developed on a, so far, voluntary basis.
We are hoping to address further issues of personalisation, such as alerting capability and in particular, TOC alerts via Twitter. e.g.:
TocAlert @YourTwitterName New TOC: Journal of Library Metadata http://tinyurl.com/y2petl3
and also the capability to Tweet papers found at JournalTOCs, and the aggregation of those tweets in a personalised way.
For JournalTOCs, we are also considering a Twittter-connected (OAuth) interface which would display personalised information such as log visualisation of everything a user has been viewing on JournalTOCs. This would enable user to see, at JournalTOCs website that they’d logged into using their Twitter login, all the TOCs they had viewed, plus ‘MyTOCs’ ones they’d not viewed, plus all the articles they’d clicked on to try to get the full text, etc, etc. Plus visualisation of bibliographic connections between what a user had read and other similar published online materials. Plus, perhaps, the ability to drag items from such visualisations into a user’s own bibliographic management area.
The report also contains extracts from the Gold Dust project that I contributed to.
Here’s another JournalTOCs development: Aalborg University Library have created a mashup using JournalTOCs API and ExLibris Tab API to provide TOCs in Primo http://tinyurl.com/4s8p59h