[04/22/2007 -- corrected formatting.]
Frank Cervone and Jeff Wisnewski – Federated Search: State of the Art
- Support for multiple protocols
- Z39.50, SRU/SRW. OAI. Other XML
- Simple and advanced search
- Post processing of results
Advanced search features, e.g., integration with other software
Library Journal Automated System marketplace 2006 lists the competitors in this product space.
- Ex Libris
- Products based on MuseGlobal
- And others…
However, we need to remove the confusion from having to make choices.
Gone from the marketplace: Endeavor. SirsiDynix’s solution is going away.
Database vendors are enhancing their market share by offering federated search. (e.g., ProQuest CSA Illumina/MultiSearch). But do our users understand the categories, for example, that are in MultiSearch?
Will ProQuest CSA kill MultiSearch in favor of Serial Solutions?
- Based on Muse technology
- Results post-processing
- Customizable, brandable
- Integrates faceted browsing
Ex Libris – Endeavor: all of the Endeavor federated search is being integrated into the Ex Libris product line.
- Now with faceted browsing
- Interface with eventually be supplanted by Primo
- Visual navigation
- Different way of information discovery
Grokker in EBSCO:
- Visual navigation
- Exposes relationships between pieces of data that may not be apparent in a text environment
- A pleasant experience for the user
Encore (by Innovative):
- Includes tag clouds – associates works with LCSH (Library of Congress Subject Headings) and then associates those LCSH with phrases and creates a phrase cloud
Fretwell-Downing (OCLC PICA):
- FDI Portal
- Sounds like there were in the forefront at one point but no more. Frank showed a cartoon of a man yawning.
- Hosted version of WebFeat Prism
- $7950 for an annual subscription
- Several interface choices – brandable
- OpenURL compliant
- ProCite/EndNote compatible
- EBSCO A-Z Integration
- Trying to make it plug-n-play as much as possible
Who else is in the game?
- Millennium Access Plus
- MetaSearch Solution
- Serials Solution
- Searcher Analyzer
Looking outside of libraryland:
- Autonomy -- with Universal Repository Interfacing
- Siderian -- Take Guided Navigation a step further…
- Number of vendors is shrinking
- Migration to XML information feeds
- Integration of content with external systems
- Organizational portals
- Bibliographic management software
- Course management/ learning management systems
- Increased use of visualization and clustering
- Greater possibilities for off-site hosting
- Data pre-processing options
- Google Scholar / Microsoft Academic Live
They skimmed through a lot of information. I wish they had gone more in-depth and perhaps covered less (deeper information on fewer topics, rather than a small bit of information on a lot of topics).
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