Hi Leslie (and everyone) --
VITAL currently provides the SRU/SRW support, and very soon the search
ability will be available between MuseGlobal and the VITAL/Fedora
Repositories. We work closely with MuseGlobal (they are a member of the
VTLS-launched VIEWS initiative and a valuable partner to have in the
library automation context). SRW/SRU is a general XML-based solution for
search and retrieval and is supported by MuseGlobal.
VTLS and the ARROW partners (http://arrow.edu.au/) have already promised
to the make SRU/SRW functionality available to the open-source community,
in addition to full integration with VITAL. The ARROW SRW/SRU interface
to Fedora is slated to be released by VTLS (See also Fedora 2.1...) and
would be adaptable for customization of the type you mention.
If anyone is interested in discussing other VITAL benefits, please contact
me by email:angela@... and phone:540-557-1200.
> When I refer to internal and external indexes, I mean the internal
> Fedora DC/resource index versus the external XPAT indexes that we
> build for our web-based end-user interface. Our XPAT index is much
> richer than the internal DC.
> I've gotten three message mentioning the possibility of SRW/U. Not
> knowing when the support for this in Fedora will be available, I'll
> admit that I wasn't giving this enough consideration.
> I did hear from Jon Dunn at Indiana that they are also talking to
> Muse Global and Sirsi, and they are discussing a SRW/U solution that
> will work with external data resources for now until the SRW/U
> support is available for Fedora. We could potentially re-purpose the
> extracted metadata files that we use to build our external indexes
> into a form that can be used with SRU/W.
> Another possibility that's been suggested is a solution based on
> OAI. We have a separate OAI repository, which includes pretty rich
> oai-dc records with <identifier> tags with getDefaultView URL calls
> to our repo.
> As we continue down this path I welcome all input and discussion, and
> I'll be sure to keep the list informed.
> At 06:40 PM 8/17/2005, Peter Murray wrote:
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>>OhioLINK be in talks with Ex Libris eventually about this topic, but we
>>have not approached them yet.
>>I'm afraid I don't get the distinction between the "internal" and
>>"external" resource indexes, so I'm not able to comment about your
>>second option. But I would like to offer a third option -- couldn't one
>>use SRU/SRW with VTLS' soon-to-be-contributed (right?) FEDORA service
>>On 8/17/05 12:11 PM, Leslie Johnston wrote:
>> > We are in early discussion with our multisearch/federated search
>> > vendor (Muse Global, via Sirsi) to develop a plug-in that will allow
>> > us to include our repository as a target in a federated
>> > search. Initially we see a couple of options:
>> > 1. Have them develop against our external XPAT index using
>> screen scraping.
>> > 2. Have them develop using Fedora API-A against the internal
>> resource index.
>> > The flaw with the first approach is that, well, it's screen scraping,
>> > and they will charge us a bundle because it's custom programming just
>> > for UVA's index. And they'll charge us again if we make any changes
>> > that break the plugin.
>> > The flaw with the second approach is that it's not the rich metadata
>> > that we have in our external index. The potential bonus is, though,
>> > that if we can demonstrate that this plug-in would then be usable by
>> > all libraries with Fedora repos, then they won't charge us for the
>> > development because it's greater good for the community.
>> > Have any other Fedora implementations looked at this federated search
>> > issue? We seem to be the first to have spoken to Muse Global.
>>Peter Murray http://www.pandc.org/peter/work/
>>Assistant Director, Multimedia Systems tel:+1-614-728-3600;ext=338
>>OhioLINK: the Ohio Library and Information Network Columbus, Ohio
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> Leslie Johnston
> Director, Digital Access Services
> University of Virginia Library
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