Approaches To Indexing in The UK Higher Education Community. Institutional Activities Surveys of 150 UK University web sites show the popularity of freely available indexing software such as ht://Dig , although licensed software such as Ultraseek and Microsoft products are also in use.
Indexing Across The UK HE Community
There have been a number of pilot attempts to index the academic community nationally or regionally.
ACDC used Harvest to provide an index of the UK academic web sites.
ACDC was based on distributed harvesting from volunteer effort.
Although a valuable pilot, ACDC failed to provide a usable service due to lack of support and the need for ongoing software development.
UKOLN is funded by Resource: The Council for Museums, Archives and Libraries, the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) of the Higher Education Funding Councils, as well as by project funding from the JISC’s Electronic Libraries Programme and the European Union. UKOLN also receives support from the University of Bath where it is based.
Clumps and Hybrid Libraries
eLib Phase 3 includes funding forClumps and Hybrid Libraryprojects.
The CAIRNSClumps project provides access to a number of library catalogues using Z39.50.
The AgoraHybrid Library project provides access to a variety of web and non-web services using Z39.50.
The Resource Discovery Network (RDN) is a new service which will form part of the DNER by providing access to subject gateways (known as hubs).
The RDN and other national services are currently addressing the implementation of the DNER using a standards-based approach.
Key standards which have been identified include Z39.50 (to support cross-searching) and Dublin Core metadata.
For further information contact Brian Kelly, UK Web Focus, UKOLN, University of Bath. Email <[email protected]>