Federated Search of Scientific Literature: A Retrospective on the Illinois Digital Library Project

Bruce Schatz, William H Mischo, Timothy Cole, Ann Bishop, Susan Haram, Eric Johnson, Laura Neumann, Hsinchun Chen, Dorbin Ng

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The NSF/DARPA/NASA Digital Libraries Initiative (DLI) project at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), 1994-1998, had the goal of developing widely usable Web technology to effectively search technical documents on the Internet. Our efforts were concentrated on building an experimental testbed with tens of thousands of full-text journal articles from physics, engineering, and computer science, and making these articles available over the World Wide Web before they were available in print. The DLI testbed focused on using the document structure to provide federated searches across publisher collections. Our sociology research included the evaluation of its effectiveness under use by over 1,000 UIUC faculty and students, a user community an order of magnitude bigger than the last generation of research projects centered on searching scientific literature. Our technology research developed indexing of the contents of text documents to enable a federated search across multiple sources, testing this on millions of documents for semantic federation.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSuccesses & Failures of Digital Libraries
EditorsSusan Harum, Michael Twidale
PublisherUniversity of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
StatePublished - 2000

Publication series

NameClinic on Library Applications of Data Processing
ISSN (Print)0069-4789


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