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V 1.0 demo: evaluation by OpCit steering committee: summary
Although presented in questionnaire form, this is less a survey, more a
prompt for comments. Further, its real focus is not the current demonstrator,
although some welcome and constructive comments on it were received, but
future versions. The demonstrator on which this evaluation was based is
less inclusive of the work of other partners than future versions will
be, but it will be the basis of later versions that will be more inclusive.
The quality of responses received was high, but the overall number of
responses was disappointing, and the lack of inclusiveness would have been
All members of the steering group received the questionnaire by email,
with individual notes to direct their comments.
“Everytime I stop by the demo, I'm excited about this technology.”
“Overall a great start. This project should be able to evolve quite rapidly
into a great overlay over arXiv.org and be a valuable portal for researchers.
Citeseer integration will be terrific.”
“If you can provide a simple PDF->PDF+OpCit converter that puts in SFX-type
links then I see no reason why we couldn't incorporate this in arXiv at
an early stage”
“I'm on a campaign to get ACM to convert directly from Latex to PDF (rather
than going through SGML); this may play a role in that process.”
OpCit steering committee results in detail.
Support more links, e.g. to online journals, using alternative resolver
services, e.g. LinkBaton, SFX, DOI, to provide these.
Quantify link reliability.
Improve the user interface:
Provide user option to see links on (html?) wrapper pages as well as on
Intra-text links (e.g. from citations to references) recommended.
The 'SFX' interface needs to be reconsidered and updated - needs to be
'smarter' and offer more working options (taking care not to infringe the
interests of ExLibris’, which is commercialising SFX).
PDF slow; bitmapped fonts and scanned images should be avoided.
The browsing interface for locating papers could be improved.
Link colours (boxes) can be confusing.
Define and package linking software components for non-Southampton applications,
to add PDF+OpCit links option to arXiv
to support publisher linking services
to improve pre-publication production systems
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