The IMesh Toolkit
In this work we investigated the role of the Web Services model and the use of the Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) as an interface between components that contribute to subject gateway functionality. Our implementation work involved the development of functions as a set of SOAP services in Perl, using the SOAP::Lite toolkit developed by Paul Kulchenko. The advantages of the SOAP protocol are that it is platform- and language-independent, thus supporting interoperability between gateways, and re-use of tools and services. Development is relatively straightforward, with many freely available toolkits emerging to support development in a wide range of programming languages.
An introductory article on Personalization in Ariadne Issue 28, funded by the IMesh Toolkit Project.
Work on an architecture for providing personalized subject gateways,
based on the Web Services model.
We are collaborating with the RDN to develop and test the software.
A general presentation on personalization
Monica Bonett, "A SOAP-based approach to managing subject gateway user profiles"
JISC/NSF DLI Projects Meeting, 24-25 June, 2002, Edinburgh, UK
Monica Bonett, "An architecture for personalisation of subject gateways, based
on web services" Joint Open University - Universitat Oberta de Catalunya Seminar on Personalisation and Digital Libraries.
Some personalization linkshttp//www.imesh.org/toolkit/work/components/personalization/links/