Well, I'm pretty sure we haven't settled at all on the terminology, but
here's how I use the terms:

Federated Search - I use this to mean a search where the query is sent
against a number of disparate resources; it doesn't matter if they are
local or not.

I don't use broadcast or distributed search as terms at all.

With LibraryFind, we generally describe it as a cross-collection
discovery tool; I like this description because it differentiates
between a broad discovery (i.e. across collections) approach and a
focused discovery (i.e. deeply within a collection) approach, which is a
useful distinction both from a systems side and from a user side.

Ok, I'm sure that now just added more complexity to things. 

-- jaf

Jeremy Frumkin
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University of Arizona Libraries

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From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of
Mike Taylor
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Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Serials Solutions Summon

I, and most of the people I've worked with, have been using the terms
"metasearch", "federated search", "broadcast search" and "distributed
search" synonymously for years.  Have they now settled down into
having distinct meanings?  If anyone could summarise, I'd be grateful.

/o ) \/  Mike Taylor    <[log in to unmask]>
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Yitzchak Schaffer writes:
 > 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,
 > > Federated search is not apart of Summon
 > Well, if we understand "federated" to mean "bringing stuff together
 > 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 foeder?tus leagued together, allied, equiv. to foeder- 
 > (nom. s. foedus) league" from
 > It is, though, a great *breakthrough* in the area of federated
 > which is why we ordered an onsite demo immediately on hearing about
 > product.
 > But I don't think I was clear with my question in any case; it occurs
 > me now that my true question wasn't code-related, but seeing Summon
 > 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
 > -- 
 > Yitzchak Schaffer
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