NISO Metasearch Initiative

Friday, August 26th, 2005
8:30 a.m. - Noon
The Solution Center

Slides from the meeting

Metasearch, a parallel search, federated search, broadcast search, cross-database search, and search portal have become commonplace in the information community's vocabulary. They speak to a common theme of allowing search and retrieval to span multiple databases, sources, platforms, protocols, and vendors at once.

One-search access to multiple resources will allow enabled libraries to offer portal environments so all library users can enjoy the same easy searching found in web-based services like Google. Unlike Google, however, a library's metasearch services must offer access to multiple database targets with a variety of content and accessibility.

To move toward industry solutions, NISO is sponsoring a Metaserach Initiative to enable:

  • metasearch service providers to offer more effective and responsive services;
  • content providers to deliver enhanced content and protect their intellectual property;
  • libraries to deliver services that distinguish their services from Google and other free web services.

Andrew Pace (NCSU) co-chairs this group, and John Little (Duke) and Tim Shearer (UNC) serve on Committees. Come and learn about the NISO Metasearch Initiative activities, and about local metasearch uses.

8:30 - 9:00 Refreshments
9:00 - 9:05 Welcome
9:05 - 10:20 NISO Metasearch Initiative Overview and Q&A
10:20 - 10:40 Break
10:40 - 12:00 Local Uses of Metasearch and Further Discussion