Associate Director for Communications
Jerry C. Persons
Chief Information Architect
Stanford Grokker is the result of an innovative partnership between Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources (SULAIR) and Grokker. Grokker does 2 things that we (SULAIR) have been looking for: 1. Grokker provides “federated” or “broadcast” search ability; that is, it provides the ability to send a search query to several resources simultaneously. 2. Grokker also returns search results in a way that is more useful, and much easier to navigate than the usual list format. Grokker groups the results topically, and presents them in an interactive visual map. The Grokker map is easy to navigate and allows users to quickly get to relevant results.
In this presentation, we will describe our codevelopment process with Grokker, and discuss how Grokker is being used at Stanford.