ERIC Number: ED249993
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Processing and Data Distribution within the Research Libraries Information Network.
Schroeder, J. R.; And Others
Recognizing that the major technical direction of this decade is toward proximity of computing function to its users, the Research Libraries Group (RLG) is moving to distribute its processing capabilities. The goals of this study were to formulate an architecture for an RLG distributed system, to identify pre-existing components appropriate for inclusion in the network, to identify components not in existence that need to be developed, and to analyze the economic impact of distribution. The major tasks undertaken were an evaluation of candidate local systems and their vendors, using functional requirements gathered from a survey of member institutions; an assessment of current and future technology, with particular attention to availability, applicability, and price/performance over time; development of a distributed system architecture; and a financial analysis which measured the impact of distribution. The report is divided into six parts: (1) Introduction and Executive Summary; (2) A Distributed Systems Architecture; (3) The Member Survey; (4) Evaluation of Local Systems Alternatives; (5) Technology Assessment; and (6) The Financial Impact of Distribution. (THC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Research Libraries Group, Inc., Stanford, CA.