Andrew Nagy wrote:
> Summon is really more than an NGC as we are selling it as a service - a
> unified discovery service.  This means that it is a single repository of the
> library's content ( subscription content, catalog records, IR data, etc.).
> Federated search is not apart of Summon

Well, if we understand "federated" to mean "bringing stuff together by 
searching all of it at once," then it is, as opposed to "broadcast 
searching," a term you used later in this sentence.  As in, "Origin:
1665–75; < L foederātus leagued together, allied, equiv. to foeder- 
(nom. s. foedus) league" from

It is, though, a great *breakthrough* in the area of federated search, 
which is why we ordered an onsite demo immediately on hearing about this 

But I don't think I was clear with my question in any case; it occurs to 
me now that my true question wasn't code-related, but seeing Summon on 
the conf agenda prompted me to bring it up here.  Namely: has anyone 
investigated whether the arrangements SerSol has with content vendors 
are easily duplicable by institutions for home-baked/potential OSS products

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