Ray has listed a number of next steps for making SRW/U more widely
implemented across the Internet, and I suggest we start putting names
and dates next to the action items -- a call for volunteers. See:
As I listen to the discussions regarding next steps, I have not heard
violent protest regarding very many tasks. More or less, I believe
the there is general agreement about the next steps. What we need now
are volunteers who will commit their time to selected items. A
commitment means you will do the task to your satisfaction within a
specific period of time of your choosing.
Below are the tasks as they have been articulated. Please consider
volunteering for one more more tasks, and I will make an effort to
maintain the list. (I have already taken the liberty of adding a few
names. This is not set in stone, and the names can just as easily be
Do I see any volunteers out there? First come, first serve. :-)
Shift emphasis from SRW to SRU
* Move website from: www.loc.gov/z3950/zing/srw to:
www.loc.gov/sru. --Ray Denenberg
* Provide specification for SRU, with a link to an
incremental SRW page: www.loc.gov/sru/srw.
* The SRW spec should also indicate the incremental
benefits of SRW: better extension support,
authentication, web service features.
* Either (a) drop ZING entirely, or (b) ZING refers to
SRU (and SRW, SRUP) along with CQL.
* Testbed. --Ralph LeVan
* Reference implementation.
* SRU gateways to other search engines.
* SRU interfaces to other collections of content.
* Directory of implementations.
* SRU libraries written in various languages.
* Generic SRU client that transform search results into
different forms of output.
* SRU client as a browser extension together with a
list of known SRU base-urls.
* Adapt the openurl browser extension that takes Google
scholar results and creates OpenURLs for each item,
to create an SRU search instead.
* Articulate the benefits of SRU, what it can be used
for, what problems it can solve. --Everybody
* Show that the functionality of OAI is (almost)
contained in SRU (when the server provides an "update
date" as index). --Ralph LeVan
* Powerpoint presentation to illustrate and
demonstrate the power of SRU – interactive,
entertaining. --Eric Lease Morgan, Matthew Dovey
* Guides: how to implement.
* General workshops (DLF Forums, JCDL, ECDL,
ALA/LITA, etc.) --Everybody
* Focused workshops (for specific groups of vendors).
* NISO, ISO, OASIS --Rob Sanderson
* Work with A9 people.
* Look into changes necessary to SRU to make it
Eric Lease Morgan
University Libraries of Notre Dame