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Updated: 22 NOV 99
Project Number and Title
4050 - Integrated Library and Survey-data Extraction Service
Programme/Action line Call Topic(s) Start End Project Duration
in Months
FP 4/ C 8, 9 and 11 September 1996

Keywords : distributed databases; information retrieval; metadata; social science datasets; World Wide Web

blue bullet Additional information is available from the ILSES Web site . (

Action Line

Action Line C: Library services for access to networked information resources

Call Topic(s)

Call Topic 8: User services based on resource discovery and retrieval
Call Topic 9: Test-beds for library-mediated access and services based on network information resources
Call Topic 11: User applications supporting unified access to combined network information and library-based resources

Project description

ILSES provides services for end-users and content providers of socio-economic information. End-users can enhance their literature searches via focused access to empirical data which has been used in empirical research of the kind reported in their target literature. ILSES offers alternatives in directing data analysis and searching for specific empirical data for secondary analysis. For content providers, ILSES can increase and improve the utilisation of their information resources, while at the same time reducing their support burden per in-formation request or retrieval.

Technical approach

ILSES is designed as an open system which can be applied to different kinds of library and data holdings. In this project, ILSES relies on:

  • A pilot application, focused on socio-economic information as collected by large scale surveys, and on the associated literature.
  • Integrated relational databases of meta-information pertaining to both library and data archive holdings, both of which are typically distributed over many different institutions.
  • Wide area network interface, utilising Internet and supporting browsing and retrieval tools such as WWW, to productively connect such holdings with each other and with end-users.

Key issues

ILSES addresses the issues of:

  • Integration of meta-information databases with library holdings.
  • Increasing use and access to distributed holdings in special libraries.
  • Potential replication in other application domains and datasets.
  • Open access to networked library holdings through generic interfaces.
  • Development of a service model.


The results of the ILSES project will be exploited by transferring the approach to information sources of other disciplines. It is foreseen that the way in which ILSES opens and relates library information and empirical datasets will be of broad interest for other disciplines.

Several concertation meetings were held with the NESSTAR project.

For end-users, ILSES facilitates the integrated access and retrieval of two different kinds of information:

  • documentary information as is commonly available from libraries,
  • empirical data as archived by data archives.

For content providers, ILSES offers tools and procedures for the normalisation, cataloguing and controlled distribution of (distributed) holdings of documentary and data resources.


Major deliverables include:

  • ILSES functional specifications
  • Software modules for Administrator-ILSES, LIB-ILSES and DAT-ILSES
  • E-ILSES tool for end-user access
  • NET-ILSES Web-based service for end-users, based on E-ILSES
  • Annual and Final project reports

Documentation can be obtained from the contact below and from the Web at: ILSES Web site


Name of Institution/Organisation Postal Code / City Country
Title, First Name, Name Mr. David A. SCHWEIZER Address: Grote Rozenstraat, 15
Tel: + 31 50 363 69 00 Fax: + 31 50 363 66 87
E-mail 1: (email removed) E-mail 2:

Other Partners

Name of Institution/Organisation Country Role
Zentralarchiv für empirische Sozialforschung DE P
University of Amsterdam NL P
Trinity College Dublin IRL A

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