Global Web system for search and retrieval

Interlending & Document Supply

ISSN: 0264-1615

Article publication date: 1 June 2000




(2000), "Global Web system for search and retrieval", Interlending & Document Supply, Vol. 28 No. 2.



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Global Web system for search and retrieval

Global Web system for search and retrieval

Keywords Projects, Internet, Archives, Information retrieval

LASER, the development and networking agency serving London libraries in South East and Eastern Regions of the UK, together with an international consortium, has begun a two year project. The project, COVAX, Contemporary Culture Virtual Archive in XML (Extensible Markup Language), will create mechanisms for integrated searching across museum, library and archive collections and is conducted under the EU Information Society Technologies Programme.

The purpose of COVAX is to analyse and draw up the technical solutions required to provide access through the Internet to document descriptions of archive, library and museum collections. It will allow standardisation and interoperability between libraries, archives and museums in the processes of handling, browsing, searching and retrieval of all kinds of descriptions and documents. The application of XML will allow a standard distribution through the Internet and provide more widespread access.

COVAX is being led by Residencia de Estudiantes in Madrid, Spain, and will include partners from Austria, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom. The project will liaise with other library projects and standards organisations and will involve both system suppliers and specialists from outside the traditional library domain.

For further information visit the project Web site:

Source: Press release

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