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1 Recent Trends in Federated Search: A Snapshot of the Landscape Today Frank Cervone, PhD Assistant University Librarian for Information Technology Northwestern University Evanston, IL Jeff Wisniewski, MLS Web Services Librarian University Library System University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA

2 What is federated searching? There isn’t any one best database for articles on usability Merged results list EBSCO ProQuest FirstSearch Kluwer Federated search product

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7 Daily searches in Metalib

8 Metasearch trend line

9 The world is shrinking InnovativeExSirsiWebSerialsLibrisDynixFeetSolutions (IEWLDF)S 3 Removing confusion by eliminating choices

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11 Academic Beta, Gamma…whatever Stand on the heads of giants

12 Serials Solutions MetaFind Consolidation Ex LibrisMetalib SirsiDynix SingleSearchMUSE CentralSearch MUSE Innovative Primo ResearchPro Encore VTLSMUSEWebFeat TLC Aquabrowser Vivisimo Bowker EBSCO ProQuest CSA Grokker

13 Silo Bustin’! Federated search as one module of a larger effort to integrate ALL content into a single discovery tool WorldCat LocalWorldCat Local PrimoPrimo EndecaEndeca AquabrowserAquabrowser EncoreEncore

14 Open source strategies  Library Find (Oregon State)  dbWiz (Simon Fraser University)  Masterkey (Index Data)

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22 Looking outside of libraryland  Kind of like something out of Deuteronomy And thus Inktomi begat Ultraseek who begat Verity who begat Autonomy who begat… Universal Repository Interfacing  Automatic taxonomy generation  Endeca Doesn’t count…it’s just the catalog  Siderian Seamark Navigator Going beyond search, Siderean illuminates previously unseen relationships that can help you discover new avenues of exploration and “let you know what you don’t know” while navigating from a “bird’s-eye” to a “bug’s-eye” view.

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30 Trends  Number of vendors is shrinking Open source options increasing  Progress on the standards front SRU/SRW, OpenSearch  Resources migrating to XML information feeds SRU searching is becoming more common  Better control of search parameters Z39.50 still the most prevalent

31 Trends  Holistic approach to content  More affordable turnkey solutions  Data pre-processing options To avoid distributed query model problems Harvesting of index data Speeds up searches Normalizes searches  Increased use of visualization and clustering Encore, Primo, Aquabrowser  Greater possibilities for off-site hosting

32 Self-renewal?

33 Questions?  Frank Cervone, PhD Assistant University Librarian for Information Technology Northwestern University Evanston, IL  Jeff Wisniewski, MLS Web Services Librarian University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA


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