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Here you can find answers to 15 questions about this site, including guidance on some of its more advanced features.

For more answers to other frequently asked questions, see our FAQ categories links in right column.

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This site includes all articles originally published in the previous versions of Ariadne.  

In migrating content, we have changed presentation to a more modern format whilst keeping intact the substance of articles 'as is'. Our focus in this process has been on maintaining the historical integrity of more than 1600 articles as these represent a substantial body of work reflecting developments in thinking and working since the commencement of publication in 1996.

In this migration process we have made tweaks to content such as the following:

  • including table of contents at start of each article, so that readers can easily scan main sections
  • producing improved editorial consistency in titles across more than 1600 articles (see examples)
  • providing comprehensive bibliographic citations as well guidance on content licences and 'How to cite this article' explanations included at end of each article
  • enhancing book review format to highlight book images and bibliographic information for books reviewed (see examples)

In moving Ariadne to a new platform, we have also provided a range of new features including:

We hope that you will find new features useful whilst exploring the full range of content provided by Ariadne, now more deeply interlinked.  You are welcome to contact us if you would like to share your thoughts about any previous articles or suggestions about topics for new articles. 

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Most articles on this site are published under copyright as explained in our general statement of access terms and copyright information.

Metadata related to automated tagging of article content is not subject to copyright, however, and tag metadata is freely available for re-use in several downloadable formats.

You can find confirmation of applicable copyright for content near the end of each article.

In cases where articles are published under Creative Commons licence, explanations are provided on relevant article pages.

Please note that some images on this site are subject to separate copyright and used under license from image providers; in such cases, we provide information about the licensing image provider in the 'alt' and 'title' tags of relevant images.

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Please see our guidance on how to cite Ariadne articles, where you can find suggestions for bibliographic citation of each article published in Ariadne

In using this guidance, you have several options for producing sets of bibliographic citations:

  • 'Filter by author name' can help you produce citations for all articles written (or co-written) by a specified author (see example)
  • 'Filter by issue number' can help you produce citations for all articles within a specified issue (see example)
  • You can also filter by both author name and issue number (see example)

Our citations guide also provides you with options to download bibliographic citations in CSV and XML formats. For more information, see our FAQ explaining downloadable formats.

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On this site you can find articles published in Ariadne since 1996, categorised into types of articles described below.  

Over the years, editors have commissioned different types of content as the scope of publication evolved.  In earlier issues some article types are more prevalent than in later years, and some article types are reduced or discontinued in later issues.

By following links in the left column below, you can see all articles in each category.

Here is an overview of article types, with brief explanations including numbers of articles in each category.

Article type Description
editorial

Editorials in Ariadne briefly introduce the content of each issue, highlighting themes of relevance to information professionals working in research, libraries, museums, archives, further education and higher education.

  • Total number of 'editorial' items in all Ariadne issues: 87
event report

Event reports in Ariadne provide in-depth summaries of conferences, workshops, and other activities of interest to information professionals.

  • Total number of 'event report' items in all Ariadne issues: 287
feature article

Feature articles in Ariadne are written by subject-matter experts invited to address topics of interest to information professionals.

  • Total number of 'feature article' items in all Ariadne issues: 559
news and events

Concise summaries of news and events in Ariadne call attention to developments of interest to information professionals.

  • Total number of 'news and events' items in all Ariadne issues: 49
odds and ends

The 'Odds and Ends' section in Ariadne offers light entertainment for information professionals.

  • Total number of 'odds and ends' items in all Ariadne issues: 39
project update

Project updates in Ariadne explain developments in projects of interest to information professionals.

  • Total number of 'project update' items in all Ariadne issues: 103
regular column

Regular columns in Ariadne cover topics of recurring interest to information professionals.

  • Total number of 'regular column' items in all Ariadne issues: 315
review

Reviews in Ariadne evaluate books and events of interest to information professionals.

  • Total number of 'review' items in all Ariadne issues: 193
tooled up

The 'Tooled Up' section in Ariadne explains technologies of interest to information professionals.

  • Total number of 'tooled up' items in all Ariadne issues: 109
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Authors contributing to Ariadne are based in many countries, as summarised below in our table displaying numbers of author profiles registered with specified locations.

By selecting links in the names of countries, you can see overviews of authors based in specified countries and can review further information about work domains and interests.

See our overview of locations and domain affiliations for more detailed information about author backgrounds.

Note: In early years of publication, some author details were not specified and therefore  information about some author backgrounds cannot be displayed in this overview.

Country Total author profiles Percent
england 387 63.7
united states 61 10
scotland 43 7.1
australia 26 4.3
netherlands 16 2.6
germany 11 1.8
japan 10 1.6
canada 8 1.3
wales 7 1.2
ireland 5 0.8
portugal 5 0.8
italy 4 0.7
france 3 0.5
greece 3 0.5
norway 3 0.5
south africa 3 0.5
sweden 3 0.5
austria 2 0.3
denmark 2 0.3
switzerland 2 0.3
argentina 1 0.2
armenia 1 0.2
belgium 1 0.2
israel 1 0.2
malta 1 0.2
new zealand 1 0.2
pakistan 1 0.2
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Authors contributing to Ariadne work in many domains, as summarised below in our table displaying numbers of author profiles registered with specified domain affiliations.

By selecting links in the names of domains, you can see overviews of authors by domain affiliations and review further information about work locations and interests.

See our overview of locations and domain affiliations for more detailed information about author backgrounds.

Note: In early years of publication, some information about contributors was not specified so their backgrounds cannot be displayed in this overview. As contributors often work in multiple domains, the sum of percentages in this table amounts to more than 100.

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Author profiles on this site bring together key information about contributers. These profiles are based on information submitted by authors as of the date of their latest published articles.

As illustrated below, each author profile can display in one place the following:

  • information about work role (as of latest published article)
  • brief 'bio'
  • top tags summary
  • link to interactive data charts
  • overview of articles published by author, including brief summaries and links to all tags associated with articles
  • date when profile information was updated

In each case author profiles display the dates at which they were last updated.  In cases where authors have not published articles in Ariadne for some time, some author profile information may be out of date. This author profile information is retained for historical recording of author backgrounds as at latest dates of publication.

Authors wishing to have their author profiles adjusted are invited to contact Ariadne, providing updated information.

Screenshot: Author profile example
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We provide contextual guidance on site content and features, which you can access via expandable tabs on many overview pages across this site.

You can use this procedure to access contextual guidance:

  • click to expand the 'Questions? click here to display or hide explanations ...' section
     
  • read explanations and tips
     
  • when finished, click again (or re-load the page) to collapse explanations and return to an unobstructed view of content
Screenshot: Displaying explanations in expanding  'Questions?' tab
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As explained in our tags overview page describing 'RSS', our RSS feeds (or 'channels') syndicating content on this site "include full or summarized text, plus metadata such as publishing dates and authorship".  

Often RSS feeds on our site also include enriched metadata, specifying a wide range of tags associated with content.

Technically, we provide RSS feeds on this site in RSS 2.0 format with content rendered as XML 1.0 and encoded as UTF-8.  

Wherever you find RSS icons (see illustration), these link to feeds exporting content and related metadata

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RSS feeds provide continously updated overviews of all content related to specified tags.

As illustrated in the example below (showing the RSS feed of 'uima' tag), feeds related to specific tags include:

  • titles and publication details of articles related to a tag
  • brief summaries of articles related to a tag
  • 'Read more ...' links to full text of a relevant article

By subscribing to RSS feeds, you can keep yourself informed as new articles are added to this site.

Screenshot: RSS feed of tagged content including titles, summaries, links
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RSS links on tag overview pages can help you access continually updated overviews of tag explanations.

As illustrated in the example below (showing RSS feed of trending keywords overview), feeds from tag overview pages include:

By following links to other RSS feeds, you can navigate through networks of RSS feeds to discover more content related to your interests.

Screenshot: Example of RSS feed showing keyword tag overview
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Tables of contents are generated automatically based on section headings of articles.

You can use each table of contents to:

  • scan main headings of articles
  • quickly navigate to sections of interest, by following links within table of contents headings

As illustrated below, 'hide' links can help you collapse table of contents blocks if you prefer to read without using indexed navigation.

Once hidden, table of contents blocks can easily be displayed again via toggled 'show' link.

Screenshot: Table of contents example
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Printer-friendly versions of pages on this site can help you print (or view) the main content of a page.

When following a printer-friendly link, you are presented with a streamlined version of the normal page without side-column content.  

You can then use your computer's normal printing process to send this streamlined page to your printer.

As illustrated below, 'Printer-friendly version' links are available on many pages on this site.

Screenshot: Printer-friendly link
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Our 'Gallery' provides an overview of selected, featured images from articles.  

As illustrated below, each gallery item highlights:

  • featured image from article
  • brief summary of article content
  • 'Read more ...' links to access full text of article (note that images also link to full article text)

You can narrow the focus to images from specific types of articles or issue numbers by using 'Filter by article type' and 'Filter by issue number' options.  

For example, you can use these filters to

  • show all featured images from reviews (see example)
  • show all featured images from issue 67 (see example)
  • show all featured images from reviews in issue 67 (see example)

As we do not set up featured images for all articles, 'Gallery' images do not preview all articles on this site.  Images are selected from articles published since 2003, so older articles are not previewed here.

Innovations in Information Retrieval: Perspectives for Theory and Practice

Martin White reviews a collection of essays on a wide range of current topics and challenges in information retrieval.

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Martin White looks through the Ariadne archive to track the development of ebooks.

Helsinki Conference Centre

Marieke Guy reports on the 78th IFLA General Conference and Assembly held in Helsinki, Finland over 11-17 August 2012.

I, Digital: Personal Collections in the Digital Era. Edited by C.A.Lee

Chris Rusbridge reviews an edited volume that aims to fill a gap in ‘literature designed specifically to guide archivists’ thinking about personal digital materials’.

Information flows draft diagram (Josh Brown, JISC)

Rosemary Russell reports on a two-day workshop on research information management and CERIF held in Bristol over 27-28 June 2012.

Screenshot of Loughborough Online Reading List System

Jon Knight, Jason Cooper and Gary Brewerton describe the redevelopment of Loughborough University’s open source reading list system.

Opening of ‘Evaluating the Webscale Platforms & Their Impact on Librarianship'

Marlène Delhaye reports on the two-day annual conference organised by the French Agence Bibliographique de l’Enseignement Supérieur (ABES) held in Montpellier, France over 14-15 May 2013.

User Studies for Digital Library Development

Selenay Aytac reviews a collection of essays on user studies and digital library development that provides a concise overview of a variety of digital library projects and examines major research trends relating to digital libraries.

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Our site provides convenient ways to let others know about content of interest.  

As illustrated below, 'ShareThis' and 'Send to friend' options can be found on many pages.

  • 'Send to friend' helps you quickly send recommendations via email using a simple web form
     
  • 'ShareThis' helps you spread the word via social media services including Twitter, Facebook, Digg, StumbleUpon, and Delicious
Screenshot: 'ShareThis' and 'Send to friend' links


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