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This is the home page for the ILS and Discovery Systems group wiki.  This is a group convened by DLF to analyze the issues involved in integrating "integrated library systems" and discovery systems, and create a technical proposal for how such integration should be accomplished.

NEWS: Revision 1.1 of the official recommendation has been released, and has been posted to the Digital Library Federation Website.

The group had eight Members.

Here is a draft of our general Charge and Agenda.

To understand the requirements of integration, we tracked Example applications and what they need from an underlying ILS in order to work.  We also conducted a Survey to gather data from the broader library community.

From this information, we inferred a set of useful abstract Functions, which may be implemented via various kinds of Bindings. These are described in the recommendation we developed.

We've also made some Presentations on our work.

We also kept track of some Related projects.

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  1. Anonymous

    I read over the content of the wiki with the greatest of interest. As always, there are many issues to be addressed  in Library Land. Digitization. Copyright. The role of libraries in our increasingly global networked environment. Etc. In my opinion, the definition and implementation of the integrated library system is one of the more pressing issues. What does the system contain? Who is its intended audience? How does it work? What services does it provide? The ILS is a very public face of libraries. Many of the other issues are more internal.

    Increasingly, there are many groups asking questions about the ILS, and I think this is a good thing. Witness the number of symposiums and workshops on "next generation" library catalogs. While none of these groups are exactly the same as the others, I sincerely believe they have more things in common than differences. For this reason I strongly advocate the group proactively communicate with each other. I am not necessarily calling for rigorous and formal procedures but rather a number of thorough and in-person communication sessions.

    By pooling our resources we will be able to accomplish so much more. Yes, the initial administrative overhead has an additional expense but the result will be a more thorough understanding of the problems to be solved and possible solutions.

    Eric Lease Morgan
    University Libraries of Notre Dame