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Pilot Engineering Repository Xsearch - Investigating Resource Discovery Issues in Engineering Digital Repositories

.: Roddy MacLeod sent an e-mail, advising about the following:

Two PerX (Pilot Engineering Repository Xsearch) Project deliverables are available, and may be of interest:
  1. Listing of Engineering Repository Sources
  2. Engineering Digital Repositories Landscape Analysis, and Implications for PerX
The Listing builds on such sources as Sarah Kirby's listing of searchable abstracts in scitech. The purpose of the listing is not to provide a comprehensive list of all worldwide repositories, but is rather an attempt to identify the most significant repositories of relevance to engineering and to provide examples of repositories via type and coverage. Its quite long!

The Analysis reviews the landscape in the area of digital repositories within the subject area of engineering, as identified in the Listing. The document provides a synopsis of the current state of digital repository and metadata repository provision (including obvious gap areas) within engineering related disciplines. It proceeds to discuss various issues concerning repository provision and how they might relate to the provision of an Engineering Repository cross search service.

Regarding the Listing, we're not particularly interested in anything that's been missed unless it is an important source which is interoperable.

We're interested in comments on both documents, but particularly the Analysis. Do other SciTech LIS people agree with our analysis? Do you have anything to add? Comments are welcome, to me, please.

There’s also an RSS feed: http://www.icbl.hw.ac.uk/perx/news/perx.rss:
News about the PerX project and the Engineering Repository Cross Search Demonstrator.

Roddy MacLeod MA, DipLib, MCILIP
Senior Subject Librarian
Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh EH14 4AS
Tel (0131) 451 3576 Fax: (0131) 451 3164
R.A.MacLeod AT hw.ac.uk

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