DESIRE phase II: Development of a European Service for Information on Research and Education
This page describes some of the activities that were undertaken by staff at UKOLN as part of phase 2 of DESIRE (Development of a European Service for Information on Research and Education).
The European Commission (DGXIII) funded the DESIRE (Development of a European Service for Information on Research and Education) project under its Telematics Applications Programme. DESIRE was concerned with enhancing existing information networks for research users across Europe. Phase 1 of the project (1996-98) covered a wide range of topics including cataloguing and indexing, caching, security issues and training. Phase 2 (1998-2000) had three main areas of activity: caching, resource discovery and directory services. Phase 2 finished at the end of June 2000.
UKOLN's involvement in DESIRE II was primarily concerned with resource discovery. This activity was part of Work Package 3 (WP3) on Indexing and Cataloguing. Other partners in DESIRE II WP3 included:
Further information about DESIRE is available from the project's Web pages at:
Further information about UKOLN's involvement in phase 1 of DESIRE is available from:
DESIRE II work at UKOLN:
Within WP3 (Indexing and Cataloguing), UKOLN's contribution to DESIRE II was in the following main areas:
Quality Ratings and RDF
Ratings in RDF [report] -
Dan Brickley, Tracy Gardner, Rachel Heery and Debra Hiom.
Deliverable 3.1 (February
Ratings Implementation [software prototype and documentation]
- Tracy Gardner (with input from Rachel Heery and Andy Powell) .
Deliverable 3.2 - Part 2 (June 1999).
Information Gateways Handbook
In order to support the DESIRE vision of a network of European cross-searchable information gateways, WP3 produced the DESIRE Information Gateways Handbook. The handbook is designed to support libraries and other organisations who are interested in setting up large-scale information gateways on the Internet. It offers a step by step guide and points to tools, examples and documentation, which can support the process of setting up a gateway. It is divided into three sections to reflect the separate managerial, information and technical concerns associated with building a gateway.
DESIRE Information Gateways Handbook -
Edited by Martin Belcher, Virginia Knight and Emma Place.
Metadata Registry Framework
Registries are potentially important for ensuring
interoperability between services in a network environment. As
part of DESIRE II, WP3 implemented a pilot metadata registry.
DESIRE Metadata Registry Framework [report]
- Rachel Heery, Tracy Gardner, Michael Day and Manjula Patel.
Deliverable 3.5 (April 2000).
UKOLN staff who worked on DESIRE
Previously maintained by: Michael
Day and Tracy
Gardner of UKOLN, the UK Office for Library and Information
Networking, University of Bath.
Document created: 6-Jan-1999.
Last updated: 04-Jul-2000.
Links amended 08-Jan-2013.