Conspectus and the Scottish Collections Network: landscaping the Scottish common information environment

Gordon Dunsire

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    Abstract

    The article briefly gives the background to the concept of a common information environment, followed by a history of the development of two major components of a common information environment for Scotland in the form of the Scottish Collections Network, a collections description service, and the Cooperative Information Retrieval Network for Scotland, a distributed union catalogue for meta-searching. The article discusses the application in Scotland of the Conspectus methodol-ogy for the subject mapping of general library collections, and describes how Conspectus data has been integrat-ed in the information environment to allow the identifi cation and selection of collections and associated catalogues with strength in specifi c subjects.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)20-27
    Number of pages8
    JournalSignum
    Volume3
    Publication statusPublished - 2006

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    Keywords

    • common information environment
    • Scotland
    • interoperability
    • scottish collections network
    • catalogues
    • metadata
    • terminologies
    • collection description

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