Resource Organisation And Discovery in Subject-based services


The ROADS project is no longer being funded. These pages primarily provide a record of UKOLN's contribution to the project. The ROADS software is no longer being supported. Note that because of the age of these pages they may contain many broken links.


The overall objective of the ROADS project was to design and implement a user-oriented resource discovery system. It investigated the creation, collection and distribution of resource descriptions, to provide a transparent means of searching for, and using resources. The object was not to create an individual and idiosyncratic system but to draw on, and help create, standards of good practice which could be widely adopted by subject communities to aid and automate the process of resource organisation and discovery. A primary goal was interworking with other national and international services, and partners are active in Internet Engineering Task Force working groups and UK and international consensus-making bodies at technical, service and organisational levels.

More information about ROADS is available from the project's Web pages at


UKOLN staff that worked on ROADS

Lou Daly
Michael Day
Rachel Heery
Andy Powell

Local Activities

Here is a list of some of the work that was undertaken by UKOLN staff as part of the ROADS project:

Interoperability issues, Template Registry and other documentation

UKOLN ROADS related software

UKOLN 'projects' databases

These databases were made available using the ROADS software (but may not work currently because the data has not been kept up to date since the end of the project)):
  • eLib Programme [no longer available] - administration
  • Robot generated eLib projects database [no longer available]
  • British Library Digital Library Research Programme [no longer available]


  • Public Library People Database [no longer available]

Maintained by: Andy Powell
Last updated: 27-Nov-2004

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