Journal Table of Contents Service (ticTOCs)
The aim of the ticTOCs project is to develop a service which will transform journal current awareness by making it easy for academics and researchers to find, display, store, combine and reuse tables of contents from multiple publishers in a personalisable web based environment. JISC is the primary funder of the ticTOCs project, which will run for two years from April 2007.
Aims and objectives
The ticTOCs Project will develop a freely available service which will:
- Enable academics and researchers to discover, subscribe to, search within, be alerted to, aggregate, personalise, export and re-use standardised table of contents RSS feeds
- Facilitate the re-use of aggregated journal TOC content on a subject or topic basis
- Enable library and information services, commercial and open access journal publishers, gateways, content aggregators and journal directories to allow their users to embed journal TOC RSS feeds into a web-based interface
- Encourage the production of standardised journal TOC RSS feeds, and thereby facilitate their interoperability and improve the quality of their data.
The ticTOC plan incorporates into each stage a process of: development, testing, evaluation, modification, release, planning, development, etc. Input from the consortium partners, stakeholders and users, and the Users and Innovation Community of Practice allowing a continuous process of brainstorming, stakeholder input, and evaluation. Input from the Community of Practice will be particularly important during Stage 1 Evaluation, and Stage 3 Planning of innovative features.
Anticipated outputs and outcomes
The key ticTOC deliverable is a fully functioning suite of facilities dedicated to journal current awareness. This ‘TOCosphere’ will enable the smart aggregation, recombination, synthesization, output and reuse of standardised journal TOC RSS feeds and their content. The exact constituents of this service, beyond those noted above, will be influenced by the iterative process detailed in the Project Outline above. Other deliverables include: content for reuse at third party sites, advocacy materials on journal TOC RSS standardisation; evaluation, progress and final reports.