MODELS: MOving to Distributed Environments for Library Services
as of 4th January 1996
IntroductionAn applications framework that enables the effective management of distributed collections of autonomous, heterogeneous information resources and services now needs to be constructed. Services for discovery (catalogues and bibliographic services), ordering, publishing and archiving of electronic and print materials are being developed and integrated. The MODELS project will provide a forum within which the UK library and information communities can explore some of the issues that now need to be addressed in the construction of such a framework.
DescriptionThe project has the following objectives:
The eLib programme is providing funding for four of the workshops as well as for systems engineering consultancy to complement UKOLNŐs library service expertise, Robin Murray of Fretwell-Downing Informatics has been appointed as consultant.
Support will be sought from the British Library Research & Development Department (BLR&DD) for the fifth workshop. The rest of the project will be funded by UKOLN, which is supported in turn by grants from JISC and BLR&DD.
ParticipantsThe majority of the work will be carried out by UKOLN staff, who will do background research, facilitate the meetings and draw the conclusions together. The resource discovery and metadata line will be developed in association with ROADS. However to be successful, it is important that the project lever the effort and interest of a variety of different groups; UKOLN is working closely with eLib, the British Library, Project EARL and others.
Strategic direction comes from a Steering Committee comprising Richard Heseltine (University of Hull), Chris Rusbridge (eLib Programme Director), Neil Smith (British Library), Peter Smith (LASER) and UKOLN staff. A European member will also be involved.
Within each project line a small group of key individuals is also being invited to advise on direction and plan the workshop. Such individuals are drawn from the library and information community, industry and research sector as appropriate.
The Electronic Libraries Programme (eLib) was funded
by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)
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