ERIC Number: ED441486
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
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International Collaboration on Internet Subject Gateways.
A number of libraries in Europe are involved in the development of Internet subject gateways--services that aim to help users find high quality resources on the Internet. Subject gateways such as SOSIG (Social Science Information Gateway) have been available on the Internet for some years now, and they offer an alternative to Internet search engines such as AltaVista and to directories such as Yahoo. Distinctively, subject gateways draw upon the skills, practices, and standards of the international library community and apply these to Internet-based information. This paper suggests that librarians are ideally placed to play a major role in building Internet resource discovery services and that subject gateways offer a means to do this. It outlines some of the subject gateway initiatives in Europe and describes the tools and technologies developed by the DESIRE project to support the development of new gateways in other countries. It also discusses how IMesh, a group for gateways from around the world, aims to work on an international strategy for subject gateways and on developing standards to support this. Contains 22 Web resources. (Author/MES)
Descriptors: Directories, Foreign Countries, Gateway Systems, Guidelines, Information Services, Internet, Library Role, Online Searching, Standards
For full text: http://www.ifla.org/IV/ifla65/papers/009-143e.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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