The overall objective of the Scholar's Portal Project is to enable researchers at NYU's Global Network University to find, get, use and share digital content with fluidity and functionality in a seamlessly and transparently integrated environment by 31 December 2012. The Scholar's Portal Project does not seek to deploy a portal in the traditional sense, but rather to establish an online environment in which an ever-changing set of services and tools are integrated by a common authentication framework, a user profile system, and tools that expose a user's content in such a way that it is relatively easy to reuse that content.
Currently Deployed Scholar's Portal Initiatives
- BobCat provides scholars with a next generation discovery tool for finding books, journals and other print materials, videos, sound recordings, e-books, e-journals, databases, indexes, articles in our local libraries, special collections, and licensed databases.
- The Digital Tool Finder provides researchers with a central repository of online resources aimed at helping them manage and share their digital scholarship.
- Xerxes (The Arch) provides federated search capabilities, organized by category, to many of NYU's licensed databases. Users will also be able to create, search and share their own favorite databases.
- Umlaut will extend the "Get It" capabilities of BobCat by presenting resources from Google Books, Internet Archive, Amazon and a number of other delivery services in the same context as locally held materials for a full view of available options.
- Report of the New Generation Working Group
- Scholar's Portal Project Overview
- PowerPoint presentation on Scholar's Portal infrastructure
- A vision of the near future
- ITS Strategic Initiative Presentation