Sorry, I wasn't clear there, I meant public access research databases
(Ebsco, proquest, etc.). Someone kindly directed me to SubjectsPlus:
Which I think will fit the bill (or at least be a start).
On Mon, Jun 29, 2009 at 10:25 AM, Joe Hourcle <[log in to unmask]
> On Fri, 26 Jun 2009, Derik Badman wrote:
> Is anyone aware of any open source programs for managing public access to
>> databases? That is, something with browse, search, subjects, etc. for
>> inclusion in a library website.
>> I'm having trouble searching for such a thing, as I'm not even sure what
>> would be called (ERM does not seem to bring up the public side of
> I'm not sure what exactly you're asking for.
> The generic term for database frontends without much application-specific
> logic in them are 'CRUD applications', but that assumes more than just
> read-only access. (CRUD == Create, Read, Update, Delete).
> Other terms to use in searching are 'MVC framework' (and insert whatever
> programming language you're most comfortable in).
> If you're asking for something that handles the access to multiple discrete
> databases, I'm not sure what the various terms are used in libraries. We
> refer to 'federated search' in the science informatics, but that makes an
> assumption that you're normalizing the records to create a unified result
> I think that the XC project is going to handle some aspects of this, and
> their FAQ seems to suggest it, too:
> ... but I don't know how close to complete the features that you might want
> are currently. (but they'd probably welcome the help).
> You might also look through the OSS4LIB website:
Derik A. Badman
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Reference Librarian for Education and Social Work
Temple University Libraries
Paley Library 209
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