PROJECT PLAN FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF GATEWAY by sot11826

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									PROJECT PLAN FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF GATEWAY


INTRODUCTION

The Gateway is a key deliverable in the Project and provides the required access to both
the catalogues of the participating libraries and electronic materials either held by the
libraries or licensed for use by the libraries. It is essentially a software package running
on a suitably configured server but since the service to be provided involves linking of 5
separate systems with the central server, it is most important to ensure that adequate
testing time is included in the plan. There are quite a number of potential suppliers of
Gateway software but as noted below there are a number of key requirements for the
RILC Gateway.

PROGRESS TO DATE

The first step was to identify and agree amongst the partner libraries the required
functionality for the Gateway.

The paper detailing the required functionality is at Appendix 15. It is important to note
that it is imperative that a system has extensive character handling capabilities and
conforms to international standards for bibliographic records.

The paper was discussed at the first Technical Workshop in Moscow held from 4th -5th
November, at team meetings, at Workshop 2 held in St Petersburg from 15th – 16th
December 2004 and its content was approved by the Steering Committee.

PROCUREMENT

The agreed statement of functionality was incorporated into the Tender document which
was sent to 7 identified suppliers on 26 March 2004. The bidding closed on 7 April
2004. Evaluation was carried out on 8 April 2004.

IMPLEMENTATION PLAN

The Plan has 4 component areas. They are: Local systems (meaning systems located
in partner libraries); Central system (meaning the system located on the partner library
hosting the Gateway); Web site which will provide user friendly access; Users (it is
planned to test the systems with users before the Project is completed.

SERVICES

By the time of project completion, users will be able to access all the machine readable
bibliographic resources of all the participating libraries although it will not be possible to
download MARC records. In addition there will be free access to the full text copyright
free digital documents of all libraries and access, in a number of cases, to the e-journals
subscribed to by some of the partners.




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FUTURE SERVICES

These will be an extension and development of those planned to be offered by the end
of the Project. It is planned to develop a system of authorisation and authentication to
ensure that access to resources meets licensing requirements where these apply and to
provide a facility for charging for access where this is needed. Such a system will be
designed to be compatible with systems in existence elsewhere, such as the Athens
system used throughout higher education in the United Kingdom.

Also important in future services would be close collaboration with other network and
consortia ensuring that from a user perspective access to national and international
resources is as seamless and transparent as possible.




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