DESIRE phase I: Development of a European Service for Information on Research and Education


This page describes some of the activities that were carried out by staff at UKOLN as part of phase 1 of the DESIRE (Development of a European Service for Information on Research and Education) project.


Phase 1 of the DESIRE (Development of a European Service for Information on Research and Education) project was funded by the European Union as part of the Telematics for Research Sector of the Fourth Framework Programme. DESIRE I investigated a series of issues relating to Web technologies and the implementation of pilot information services on behalf of European researchers. Areas of research included cataloguing and indexing, caching, security issues and training. DESIRE I included a total of 23 partners

UKOLN's involvement in DESIRE I was focussed on Work Package 3 (WP3) which was concerned with Resource discovery and indexing. Other partners in WP3 included:

The eLib ROADS project partners:

  • Institute of Learning and Research Technology (ILRT), University of Bristol [UK]
  • The Department of Computer Studies, Loughborough University [UK]

Together with:

  • NetLab: Lund University Library Development Department, University of Lund [Sweden]
  • Koninklijke Bibliotheek: the National Library of the Netherlands.

DESIRE I deliverables

UKOLN, together with other DESIRE I WP3 partners, contributed to a "Specification for resource description methods" deliverable that took the form of three separate reports. Each of these are available in several formats: HTML, RTF and PDF.

Specification for resource description methods

Part 1. A review of metadata: a survey of current resource description formats.
By Lorcan Dempsey and Rachel Heery, with contributions from Martin Hamilton, Debra Hiom, Jon Knight, Traugott Koch, Marianne Peereboom and Andy Powell.
Deliverable 3.2 (1) - March 1997.

Part 2. Selection criteria for quality controlled information gateways.
By Paul Hofman and Emma Worsfold, with contributions from Debra Hiom, Michael Day and Angela Oehler.
Deliverable 3.2 (2) - May 1997.

Part 3. The role of classification schemes in Internet resource description and discovery.
By Traugott Koch and Michael Day, with contributions from Anna Brümmer, Debra Hiom, Marianne Peereboom, Alan Poulter and Emma Worsfold.
Deliverable 3.2 (3) - February 1997.

Further Information

More information about the work of WP3 is also available from NetLab: <>

Links to WP3 outcomes can also found on the DESIRE Web pages: <>

More detailed information about the wider DESIRE I project can be found on the project's Web pages at SURFnet: <>


Work on DESIRE I started in 1996 and the project finished in 1998. A second phase of DESIRE began in July 1998 with a reduced number of partners and a more focussed scope. Issues being investigated in DESIRE II include distributed Web indexing, subject-based Web cataloguing, directory services, and caching. Further Information on DESIRE phase 2 can be found on the DESIRE Web pages: <>

Details of UKOLN's involvement in DESIRE II can be found at: <>

Maintained by: Michael Day of UKOLN, the UK Office for Library and Information Networking, University of Bath.
Initial document created: 11-Aug-1997.
Last updated: 03-Feb-2000.
Links updated: 08-Jan-2013

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