Do any of you know of a research project that actually tested the effectiveness of work record identification algorithms such as the FRBR Work Set Algorithm? That is, how effective is it in actually finding all of the records representing a work? What percentage of records does it identify, and what percentage does it not find? I'm writing an article and want to know for sure if anyone has done this kind of research.
I was reading through the minutes of the 2004 meeting of the FRBR Review Group and saw mention of this announcement that Karen Letarte and Jacqueline Samples will be doing user testing of FRBR. They won the Samuel Lazerow Fellowship for their proposal, “Looking at FRBR Through Users’ Eyes: Toward Improved Catalog Displays for Electronic Serials.” The news release says:
Although the FRBR model has received a great deal of academic attention over the last five years, it is largely unproven in practice. The research proposed by Letarte and Samples seeks to measure the applicability of the FRBR theoretical framework within a test environment, using a random sample of library patrons who will search and display descriptions, both conventional and FRBR-based, and rank the usefulness of their results.
They won the fellowship about a year ago, and I have no idea how their work is progressing, but I look forward to reading the results. Testing with electronic serials is an uncommon approach, which adds interest.