Index Data is pleased to announce that it is the primary technology partner in a grant awarded yesterday by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to the New England Law Library Consortium (NELLCO) to build a "Universal Search Solution" for NELLCO libraries and their clientèle.
The NELLCO "Universal Search Solution" will be based on open standards and open source software, and will result in the creation of a physical master index of material, including participating library catalogs, as well as subscription-based databases and open content, special collections, and other resources that a participating library wishes to make discoverable to its patrons.
This grant award breaks important new ground in the delivery of digital library services.
Technologically, the Universal Search Solution will combine multiple technologies (consolidated indexing and data storage; metadata harvesting; and metasearching) to put together a single window to disparate resources. This fusion of technologies could serve as a model for future library search services, and indeed, the technologies used will be made available as open source software.
The grant also offers a new model for libraries to obtain affordable software services that are under their control. It combines the powerful financial leverage of IMLS and the organizational capabilities of NELLCO and its membership with the software development expertise of Index Data to bring cutting edge open source software and services to all types and sizes of libraries--affordable and with commercial support--but without vendor lock-in.
Index Data is proud that it was selected by NELLCO and IMLS to build the Universal Search Solution for the library community. We look forward to other research and higher education communities initiating similar commercial open source projects in the future.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for US libraries and museums. Through its grant making, convenings, research and publications, the IMLS empowers museums and libraries to provide leadership and services to enhance learning, sustain cultural heritage, build twenty-first-century skills, and increase civic participation. (http://www.imls.gov)
Founded in 1983, NELLCO is a consortium of 101 law libraries dedicated to the promotion and facilitation of resource sharing on behalf of its members. NELLCO is comprised of 25 full members, over 65 affiliate members from 33 states across the United States, and 7 international affiliate members from Canada and the U.K. (http://www.nellco.org)
About Index Data
Index Data has been developing standards-based information retrieval technology since 1994. Publishers, software vendors and libraries around the world use the company's technology and services to meet demanding and sophisticated information retrieval challenges. Most of its software is distributed under an open source license.