There was some discussion along these lines over on the
FederatedSearchBlog, which if you didn't see you might want to peruse...
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On Apr 21, 2009, at 10:33 AM, Walker, David wrote:
> Even though Summon is marketed as a Serial Solutions system, I tend
> to think of it more as coming from Proquest (the parent company, of
> Summon goes a bit beyond what Proquest and CSA have done in the
> past, loading outside publisher data, your local catalog records,
> and some other nice data (no small thing, mind you). But, like Rob
> and Mike, I tend to see this as an evolutionary step for a database
> aggregator like Proquest rather than a revolutionary one.
> Obviously, database aggregators like Proquest, OCLC, and Ebsco are
> well positioned to do this kind of work. The problem, though, is
> that they are also competitors. At some point, if you want to have
> a truly unified local index of _all_ of your database, you're going
> to have to cross aggregator lines. What happens then?
> David Walker
> Library Web Services Manager
> California State University
> From: Code for Libraries [[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Dr
> R. Sanderson [[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 8:14 AM
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> Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Serials Solutions Summon
> On Tue, 21 Apr 2009, Eric Lease Morgan wrote:
>> On Apr 21, 2009, at 10:55 AM, Dr R. Sanderson wrote:
>>> How is this 'new type' of index any different from an index of OAI-
>>> harvested material? Which in turn is no different from any other
>>> local search, just a different method of ingesting the data?
>> This "new type" of index is not any different in functionality from a
>> well-implemented OAI service provider with the exception of the type
>> of content it contains.
> Not even the type of content, just the source of the content.
> Eg SS have come to an agreement with the publishers to use their
> content, and they've stuffed it all in one big index with a nice
> NTSH, Move Along...