Blacksburg, VA -- The Vendor Initiative for Enabling Web Services (VIEWS) has taken an important step toward enhancing interoperability between library resources by releasing a white paper describing the potential for Web Services in the metasearch arena. The paper is the work of the VIEWS Metasearch Committee and serves as a scoping document for the VIEWS membership to use in deciding which Web Services should be developed.
Topics addressed in the paper include Web Services definitions for metasearch, authentication and authorization issues, resource discovery, search/retrieve and statistics and Web Services. The paper also includes a summary of findings and recommendations. Metasearch is the process that makes it possible for the end user to enter a search once and to get results back in a single list from any number of different types of information sources.
“Search today is generally a Web-based operation, which makes it is a natural area of interest for the VIEWS group,” said Candy Zemon, Senior Product Strategist at GIS Information Systems and chair of the Metasearch Committee. “Many standards apply to parts of the metasearch problem and many standards organizations contribute to the work, but it's the goal of VIEWS to find opportunities to improve specific library services by employing Web Services in a standardized and therefore more interoperable way.”
Other members of the Metasearch Committee include Emily Fayen (MuseGlobal), Paul Harvey (Fretwell Downing), Ted Koppel (TLC), Mark Needleman (SIRSI) and Richard Wallis (Talis).
“This first major deliverable from VIEWS shows the dedication of the membership to our common goals and the high quality of work they are committed to delivering,” said Carl Grant, chair of VIEWS. “It realistically describes what can be achieved, where Web Services are appropriate and where we should focus our efforts. We owe a very public thank you to the group that worked on preparing this paper. They did an excellent job in scoping out the work before us.”
The Metasearch Committee white paper is being shared with IMS Global for their consideration at their upcoming meeting in Australia, where they will be dealing with some of the same issues for membership.
The VIEWS website is located at www.views-consortia.org. Detailed information can be found there on the initiative and the current projects being undertaken. The Metasearch white paper is being distributed via the public and private VIEWS listserv.