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Products: Review of Software for Subject Gateways
project is an effort having the aim of advancing the systems
framework for subject gateways. In building a picture of the
current framework and architectures within which subject gateways
operate, several technologies (such as network protocols) are
considered. Some of these are reasonably well established, others
are experiencing a rush of interest and development, and can be
thought of as emerging technologies. The available software and
tools (using these technologies) are also components within the
framework. This section reviews some of the software that is
available for providing a subject gateway service.
- A report
compiled for the ROADS project was taken as a starting point for
looking at some software.
- An evaluation report prepared for the Renardus Project (an academic subject gateway service
in Europe) examined architectures of broker systems in the light
of the MODELS information Architecture (MIA). The report reviews
18 systems (developed or being developed) and maps their
functions onto a diagram based on the MIA. Several of the
software toolkits and packages used within the systems are
mentioned or described. Martin Hamilton (who also works on the
IMesh toolkit project) contributes by reviewing some of the
products that feature in the ROADS report.
- On the GILS website one can find a considerable list of products and
services, both commercial and freeware. Information is also
organised into the following categories: search portals,
Z39.50/ODBC Gateways, GILS implementors and Z39.50 implementors.
A concise comment is made on the products, comparing them with a
list of required features.
- UKOLN maintains a list of
metadata software tools
We explain the
format that we used for our review which looks at what some
products offer by way of their components.