This paper seeks to provide an insight into the implementation of some of the innovative Web 2.0 applications at Jaypee University of Information Technology with the aim…
This paper seeks to provide an insight into the implementation of some of the innovative Web 2.0 applications at Jaypee University of Information Technology with the aim of exploring the expectations of the users and their awareness and usage of such applications.
The study was undertaken at the Learning Resource Centre (LRC), Jaypee University of Information Technology (JUIT), Solan, Himachal Pradesh, India. The LRC at JUIT serves its patrons in supplementing their research needs while creating an ambience for teaching, learning and research. The emergence of digital technologies and information and communications technology (ICT) tools in libraries has encouraged the implementation of a wide range of applications, such as digital libraries, video on demand, reference services and database services into library services. The advent of next‐generation web technologies, known as Web 2.0 applications, has prompted a number of other pertinent services to be implemented to enhance the information literacy skills of the existing services. A survey method was used to understand the basic awareness and expectations of library users, and the usability of resources.
The LRC has made a number of provisions to adopt some Web 2.0 applications in its library services to create information literacy. The users of the JUIT library still lack awareness about various Web 2.0 applications necessary for teaching and learning.
The paper suggests that Web 2.0 applications can be used effectively to create information literacy amongst users. Library and information science (LIS) educators should take advantage of advances in the field of ICT and consider the learning preferences of information natives as well as information immigrants. Web 2.0 supports a constructivist approach to information awareness tools, and has great potential to socialise learning and information delivery to a greater extent. Web 2.0 technologies should be implemented as a medium of information communication, taking into account the pedagogical perspectives.
The case study is a practical application at the Jaypee University of Information Technology. The LRC has implemented some Web 2.0 applications in the Library. The study was undertaken at the university to understand the basic awareness of Web 2.0 and to create information literacy amongst users through it.
Bioinformatics is an emerging discipline where the interdisciplinary research holds great promise for the advancement of research and development in many complex areas…
Bioinformatics is an emerging discipline where the interdisciplinary research holds great promise for the advancement of research and development in many complex areas. The research output generates a huge amount of data and information. Because of the heterogeneous nature of bioinformatics resources, difficulty in accessing pertinent information is the biggest challenge for the bioinformatics community. The integration of bioinformatics resources in a comprehensive manner is advocated by the bioinformatics user community as well as by information scientists serving this community. There are have already been some efforts made for integration of bioinformatics resources by the discrete bioinformatics community, but these are based on the requirement of their own area and arena. This paper aims to discuss the design and development of a tool for the integration of various heterogeneous bioinformatics information resources available over the internet.
The authors have developed a tool with the acronym “iBIRA” (Integrated Bioinformatics Information Resource Access) that associates the bioinformatics community with the bioinformatics “resourceome” (the term suggested for the “full set of bioinformatics resources” by Cannata et al.). Available over the internet. iBIRA (www.ibiranet.in) integrates bioinformatics resources in a way such that it is possible to locate, connect and communicate different categories of resources in a cohesive manner. A software engineering and database‐driven approach was used for the integration and organization of bioinformatics resources. Computational programming such as Hypertext Preprocessor (PHP), a server‐side dynamic web programming language, and MySQL as a database management system have been used. Dublin Core Metadata Standards have been used for the design of metadata for bioinformatics resources..
The term “resource” in the area of bioinformatics covers various entities such as journals, molecular biology databases, online annotation tools, patents, published documents (articles, books, etc), protocols, software tools, and web servers. It has been found that bioinformatics resources are heterogeneous in nature and available over the internet in different forms and formats. The fact that bioinformatics resources are scattered over the internet makes resource discovery difficult for the bioinformatics community, and there is need for a system that reorganizes these resources. The integration of all the resources of bioinformatics at a single platform (called “iBIRA”) provides significant “value added” to the bioinformatics community, those serving this population.
The iBIRA tool is a meta‐server developed to provide information service about the availability of various bioinformatics resources to the bioinformatics community. This will provide a value‐added benefit to the population in helping them to locate relevant resources for their education, research and training.