CAIRNS aims to integrate the 25 Z39.50-compliant catalogues or information services of CAIRNS sites across Scotland into a functional and user-adaptive test-bed service. This will offer efficient and effective search and retrieve capabilities across a 'clump' of services comprising all of the individual CAIRNS bibliographic databases and also across various smaller sub-clumps, and will provide:
With these aims in mind, the project will also:
The existence within the clump of servers describing and delivering electronic resources (BUBL, SLAINTE) will also enable a limited amount of investigation of cross-domain implications, particularly in respect of CAL packages (CATRIONA II).
User access to the test-bed service will be via Z39.50 or WWW clients or if required by telnet. Suppliers whose systems are included in the clump are III (INNOPAC), Geac (GEOPAC and GEOWEB), Ameritech (Dynix Classic, Horizon, NetPublisher, Webpac, RSAS servers all included), VTLS, MDIS, SIRSI, SilverPlatter, and OVID.
Three kinds of clumping service will be investigated:
and will offer access to the following:
Sub-clumps entailed would include:
Dynamic Clumping Service
The project will take advantage of SCURLs WWW/Z39.50 conspectus-based Research Collections Online (RCO) service as the basis of a subject-based dynamic clumping service. This will provide users with dynamically generated subject-based sub-clumps of SCURL catalogues to search via Z39.50. An extension of this would enable users to be presented with subject-based sub-clumps dynamically generated via searches of catalogues of electronic resources: BUBL-LINK, SLAINTE, CATRIONA II demonstrator and Strathclyde University Librarys Z39.50 compliant WWW server.
To the extent that time and resources permit, the project will also investigate a number of issues of subsidiary interest:
The University of Glasgow is the primary lead site and the University of Strathclyde the secondary lead site. The following institutions are also members of the project: University of Aberdeen, University of Abertay Dundee, University of Dundee, University of Edinburgh, Glasgow Caledonian University, Heriot-Watt University, Napier University, Paisley University, Queen Margaret College, The Robert Gordon University, University of St. Andrews, University of Stirling, National Library of Scotland, and East Dunbartonshire public library. The project operates under the auspices of SCURL
Three groups play a central role in the project: The CAIRNS Management Group (CMG), the CAIRNS Advisory Group (CAG) and the CAIRNS Liaison Group (CLG). In addition, an external group, the SCURL IT Advisory Group has a role in that it advises SCURL on the progress and implications of the project.
The project deliverables will be:
CAIRNS is funded under eLib phase 3 and is an offshoot of the UKOLN-based MODELS project (http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/services/elib/projects/models/), although discussions and progress towards a Scotland-wide Z39.50-based union catalogue service have been ongoing since the CATRIONA I project.
Last updated: 09 June 2005