- To engage actively with environmental science researchers and other key stakeholders, in order to derive requirements and evaluate project results.
- To develop tools for efficient LOD-based semantic enrichment of unstructured content.
- To create and evaluate intuitive user interface methods that hide the complexities of the SPARQL semantic search language.
- To use British Library’s Envia tool as a case study in using LOD vocabularies for enhanced information discovery and management.
Objective 1: Stakeholder engagement, Requirements Capture, and Evaluation
- The British Library team participated in the design meeting and provided feedback on the first implementation. This helped the Sheffield team to adjust and simplify the interface.
- Following this, the semantic search UI was demonstrated during a lunchtime workshop and EnviLOD presentation. At the end, environmental science researchers were given the opportunity to try the interface and provide us with structured feedback (via a written questionnare) and a user-lead discussion. This early evaluation helped us refine further the user interface design and remove confusing elements.
- Lastly, a much wider stakeholder feedback was solicited during a user outreach and evaluation workshop, organised at the British Library. There were 25 participants at the event, which enabled us to gather very detailed feedback and suggestions for minor improvements. Overall, the majority of users stated that semantic search would be very useful for information discovery and that they would be using the system, if it were deployed in production.
Objective 2: LOD-based Semantic Enrichment
Objective 3: User Interface for Semantic Search
Objective 4: Use of Envia as a Testbed
All our technical objectives have now been completed and we are ready to deploy the semantic enrichment pipeline within the Envia system, as well as carry out further improvements and experiments with the EnviLOD semantic search UI. We are looking forward to taking this work further in the future, implementing the ideas which we received during the user evaluation workshop.