JISC Information Environment Architecture

Collection Description Service


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JISC IE architectural components The JISC IE Collection Description Service will provide information about the collections available within the JISC IE information environment. A collection is any discrete aggregation of one or more items of content, but will often take the form of a database of one kind or another. The primary intention of the service is to allow portals, brokers and aggregators to automatically determine what collections are available to end-users of the JISC IE.

Collection descriptions are concerned with the content of the collection rather than with the services that make the collection available. Collection descriptions will be closely related to the service descriptions held in the service description service.


Development of the JISC IE collection description service needs to consider the following areas: