“Students like you also borrowed … Harry Potter” Assessing the possibilities and pitfalls surrounding the exploitation of library user activity data and recommendations

MOSAIC Project Event – Wednesday 18 November 2009 (10.00 to 16.00) at the University of Wolverhampton


This event is kindly hosted by the University of Wolverhampton in the MX Building on the City Campus WV1 1AD. There is mainline rail access (Wolverhampton) and nearby car parking (Wolves football ground). 

Attendance & Registration

This event seeks to involve a cross section of managers and practitioners from university library and wider services. It will also be of interest to systems developers and vendors. It is limited to 30 delegates.Email philippe.ugochukwu@sero.co.uk to reserve your place(s) stating any special dietary or access requirements. Joining instructions will be issued.


The JISC MOSAIC project has been investigating the possibilities for exploiting the user activity and usage data that might be available to the Higher Education community – to benefit libraries, national services and their users.During 2009 the project has generated 7 demonstrators, worked with a variety of real library data and run a series of practitioner workshops. In the process it has gathered a great deal of intelligence about the possibilities and pitfalls for individual universities and national services.The potential to add value for students, researchers and lecturers is weighed against challenges in terms technology (scale, distribution, aggregation), data ownership and protection, quality of data, differences between media (books, journals, etc) and value relative to competing services in a Web 2.0+ world.This concluding MOSAIC event focuses the project findings in a series of key debates. We hope to draw on your professional experience to develop a shared understanding of the challenges, the desirable opportunities and potential early developments – informing the project recommendations both to JISC and to the SCONUL Shared Services project.

For more on the MOSAIC project see



Event Programme

09.30 Refreshments on arrival at the University of Wolverhampton

10.00 Welcome– Fiona Parsons (University of Wolverhampton & SCONUL)

10.10 Introduction: the Problem & the Project– David Kay (MOSAIC)

10.25 Where is the data? Discussion

10.40 Keynote: ‘Activity Data and the Global Information Economy: The who, what, when, where, how, why of an emerging future’- Paul Miller (Cloud of Data)

11.10 Library & Service Perspective: The University of Huddersfield experience- Dave Pattern

11.30 Breakout 1: ‘Being Practical: What real uses are there for activity data?’ Session informed by the MOSAIC developer competition applications, with choice of groups (student, research, library uses).

12.15 Report back and discussion

12.40 Lunch & Opportunity to view demonstrators

13.30 Four Perspectives:

  • ‘The MOSAIC Demonstrator: Approaches & Architectures’ – Mark van Harmelen (MOSAIC)
  • ‘The good, the bad and the ugly- Data Protection v. Open Data’ – Ken Chad (MOSAIC)
  • ‘Data is not the answer: An alternative view of user requirements’ – Paul Walk (UKOLN)
  • Key findings from the recent library workshops at Sheffield, Sussex, Edinburgh & the OU- Helen Harrop (MOSAIC)

14.30 Breakout 2: ‘Challenges & Solutions’ – Choice between Technical, Data and Service breakout groups

15.15 Refreshments

15.30 Report back and panel Q&A – ‘Great ideas to desirable solutions’

16.00 Close