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EDDIS: Electronic Document Delivery - The Integrated Solution

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Programme area
Electronic Document Delivery

Contact details
Dr David Baker, Project Co-ordinator,
UEA, Norwich, NR4 7TJ
Phone: 01603 592434 Fax: 01603 259490

Mr David Larbey, Project Manager,
UEA, Norwich, NR4 7TJ
Phone: 01603 592426 Fax: 01603 259490

Project description

as of 4th January 1996


This project in the Electronic Libraries Programme (eLib) will establish the software infrastructure for an electronic document delivery programme on a national scale, and will pilot its use in a working environment.


EDDIS aims to produce an integrated, end-user driven identification, holdings discovery, ordering and electronic supply service for non-returnable items (typically journal articles) which could be used by all UK higher education institutions. The request mechanism will include the facility to order returnable items (typically books) and be capable of handling the delivery of all types of item by traditional as well as electronic means. The main modules will be available either together or separately, to suit the particular needs of purchasing institutions.


End-users will have access to:
  • bibliographic search services (with the ability to select items from search results
  • holdings information for the selected items (including user-entered items bypassing bibliographic search) potentially giving the user choice of supplier, delivery method (including electronic transmission) and cost
  • order generation and progress checking
Library managers will have access to:
  • a fully networkable service capable of interfacing with a wide range of existing database and document supply services
  • an accounts management system capable of handling all basic types of payment for documents, including copyright clearance fees if necessary, as well as internal accounting procedures
  • a report generation system giving both financial and usage information as an aid to more effective service and collection management

Project Timetable

The project is divided into three phases.

The first (planning) phase lasts for nine months and incorporates the technical, resource and quality planning so essential to a good project.

The second (development) phase lasts for eighteen months and is the core phase of the project. The key deliverables are:

  • set of prototype modules and interfaces
  • detailed evaluation and trial working of the whole of the EDDIS service in real-life situations, ready for widespread trialling in a range of environments (library-national suppliers; library-library; library - federated colleges; library-consortium)
The third (implementation) phase lasts for a further nine months. The key deliverables are:
  • a fully operational, integrated document search, retrieval, delivery and management service installed at the three library members of the consortium and at selected additional testbed sites, accessing a range of bibliographic and document supply services
  • full documentation on the workings, implementation and facilities of EDDIS, and a final full report on work done and deliverables achieved
  • widespread dissemination of the results and awareness of the service developed, with an assessment of market potential.


The EDDIS consortium comprises the University of East Anglia (UEA) at Norwich (lead site), Stirling and Lancaster universities and BIDS. The BLDSC, SALSER, JASON (Bielefeld University Library) and CUP are associated service providers.

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