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Technical Demonstrators

In February 2003, the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) issued a call inviting

"expressions of interest in undertaking the development of two prototype demonstrators to promote the discovery, retrieval and use of electronic content drawn from a wide variety of sources within higher education, Research Councils, the British Library, museums, libraries and archives, and the National Electronic Library for Health (NeLH)."

£30,000 was available for each demonstrator, and work was to be completed by the end of June 2003.

Health Demonstrator

Adiuri Systems Ltd were awarded the contract to build a demonstrator for Health professionals, utilising professional terminologies such as SNOMED CT and MeSH, delivered to users using Adiuri's faceted classification techniques.

The demonstrator incorporated almost 30,000 documents, drawn from seven repositories such as the Cochrane and Wellcome Libraries and the Resource Discovery Network's Health and Life Sciences Hub, BIOME.

Adiuri's presentation of their results to the Common Information Environment Group is available for download from our Publications page.

Place Demonstrator

A consortium led by the Archaeology Data Service (ADS) was awarded the contract to build a Place-based demonstrator, focused upon archaeological sites and monuments and building upon their previous experience with the Historic Environment Information Resources PORTal (HEIRPORT).

The demonstrator incorporated roughly 2,000,000 resources, drawn from 13 repositories including English Heritage's Excavation Index, the Portable Antiquities Scheme and the National Monuments Record for Scotland.

The project was discussed in more detail in the ADS Newsletter, and several of the innovations have subsequently been included in an enhancement to the HEIRPORT service.

The ADS' final report to the Common Information Environment Group is available for download from our Publications page.

Outcomes

Both demonstrators were successful in demonstrating technical feasibility, and deployed a number of the standards, specifications and practices that a broader Common Information Environment will require. Benefits have fed back into the ongoing work of the contractors and have served to clarify thinking within the Common Information Environment group.

Work is now underway on a further demonstrator, this time aimed at a broader audience of potential beneficiaries.

 


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