Hello LITA and Code4Lib colleagues,
We at UConn Libraries find ourselves looking to other institutions
frequently when seeking solutions.
As a result, we've been discussing how we might begin an effort to track
enterprise software used by our colleagues at other institutions, rather
than seek this information on an ad-hoc basis every time we need
it-software such as:
* Integrated Library System (e.g. Koha, Unicorn, etc.)
* Web Content Management System (e.g. Drupal, Vignette)
* Learning Management System (e.g. Sakai, Blackboard)
* OpenURL Link Resolver (e.g. SFX, 360LINK)
* Metasearch (e.g. MetaLib)
* Discovery (e.g. Ebsco Discovery Service, Primo Central)
* Electronic Resources Management (e.g. CORAL, III's ERM)
* Reserves Management (e.g. Reserves Direct, Aries)
* Document Delivery/Interlibrary Loan (e.g. ILLiad)
* Digital Asset Management (e.g. Rezuna, Artesia)
* Local Digital Collection Management (e.g. Fedora, CONTENTdm)
* Institutional Repository (e.g. DSpace, DigitalCommons)
* Find Aids Search Tool (e.g. XTF)
* Authentication/Authorization methods used (e.g. LDAP, CAS,
* Institutional ERP (e.g. Kuali, Peoplesoft)
This is a partial, brainstormed list which obviously will change. We're
looking for a balance of useful & manageable without becoming
overwhelming. Also, the examples above are not intended as endorsements,
just examples to help clarify since lines of distinction between
categories are not always clear.
We are not thinking of this as a rating or evaluation tool, rather
simply a tool to keep track of this information to help us see who's
using which software tools to accomplish a set of tasks or services.
Our questions for the LITA and Code4Lib communities at the moment:
1. Does anyone know of such a resource already available? Assuming
the answer is no...
2. Would such a database be of interest to you or others at your
institution (i.e., would you find such a database useful in your
organization if we made it available publicly)?
3. If we created such a resource and made it available, would you
be willing to contribute information to it about your home institution
and keep it up to date?
4. What other systems or organizational eccentricities would you
find useful to include in such tracking?
5. Would you be interested in having this data tracked over time,
or only the current state?
6. What data points should be gathered? We have thus far can
thought of software, version, locally hosted or remotely hosted (e.g.
cloud)? Also, institutional entity granularity will need to be
subdivided for some of these, we know.
What do you think?
Thanks for sharing any thoughts you have.
Digital Programs Team
University of Connecticut Libraries
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Storrs, CT 06269-2005
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