Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Christenson, Heather, and Roy Tennant. Integrating Information Resources: Principles, Technologies, and Approaches. Oakland, CA: California Digital Li

excerpt: The California Digital Library (CDL) was awarded a two-year National Science Foundation grant in 2003 to build on and enhance the National Science Digital Library (NSDL)1. As part of this research project, CDL is building a prototype service that will demonstrate how NSDL collections can be integrated with other library science and technology collections (e.g., licensed commercial databases).

A stated deliverable of this project is a “formal review of products, technologies, and approaches available to the CDL to build the integration service as specified.” This review is to “provide a broad analytical overview that will be valuable to anyone interested in the current state-of-the-art in the market for federation, integration, and customization of networked information resources.”

As a first step toward building the integration service prototype, CDL conducted a review of products, technologies and approaches for building an integration service. Findings from those activities that are of general interest are included here. To enhance the lifespan and applicability of this report to the experiences of others, information regarding specific products is not included. Given the rapid development of products within this market space, readers of this report are encouraged to perform their own review of potential software solutions at the time of need, using many of the criteria outlined herein and in other reports referenced here.