Investigating the feasibility of a distributed, mapping-based, approach to solving subject interoperability problems in a multi-scheme, cross-service, retrieval environment

Dennis Nicholson, Emma McCulloch

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    The HILT project is researching the problems of facilitating interoperability of subject descriptions in a distributed multi-scheme environment. HILT Phase I found a UK community consensus in favour of utilising an inter-scheme mapping service to improve interoperability. HILT Phase II investigated the approach by building a pilot server, and identified a range of issues that would have to be tackled if an operational service was to be successful. HILT Phase III will implement a centralised version of an M2M pilot, but will aim to design it so that the possibility of a move to a distributed service remains open. This aim will impact on likely future research concerns in Phase III and beyond. Wide adoption of a distributed approach to the problem could lead to the creation of a framework within which regional, national, and international efforts in the area can be harmonised and co-ordinated.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages10
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2006
    EventInternational Conference on Digital Libraries - New Delhi, India
    Duration: 5 Dec 20068 Dec 2006


    ConferenceInternational Conference on Digital Libraries
    CityNew Delhi, India


    • interoperability
    • mapping
    • SKOS Core
    • SRW
    • terminologies
    • information retrieval
    • HILT

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