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IESR: A Registry of Collections and Services

Ann Apps

Mimas, The University of Manchester.

Presentation by Ann Apps at:
Workshop: Digital Repositories, e-Research and Portals, Lancaster University Centre for e-Science, 6-7 September 2006.
PowerPoint presentation


The UK JISC Information Environment Service Registry (IESR) publicises collections of resources along with details of how to access them in a machine-readable format. It aims to assist applications such as metasearch portals to serve their users' interests by discovering and providing access to relevant material. The presentation will describe the content of IESR, which is captured according to a standards-based metadata application profile. IESR encompasses multiple service protocols, in both its resource descriptions and its own access interfaces, reflecting the diversity within the information environment. Some possible uses of IESR will be indicated including its relevance to the digital repository and e-research arenas. Future directions of IESR and international digital library service registry initiatives will be discussed, including IESR's possible position within the wider information environment where registry records may be shared.

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12 September 2006

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