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Updated: 22 NOV 99
Project Number and Title
5624 - People & Resources Identification for Distributed Environments
Programme/Action line Call Topic(s) Start End Project Duration
in Months
FP 4/ C 8-9-10 bis June 1998

Keywords : cost recovery; digital library; electronic resources; interlibrary loan; selected dissemination of information; user authorisation

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Action Line

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

Call Topic(s)

Call Topic 8-9-10 bis: Adding value to networked information services delivered through libraries

Project description

PRIDE will develop a broker service to support the identification and delivery of information services over the Global Information Infrastructure (GII). The resulting PRIDE directory service support authorisation, registration and cost recovery, plus integration with other interfaces to library services which are essential in networked service scenarios.

Technical approach

The project follows a three phase approach: analysis of requirements and preparation of specifications; detailed design, development and testing; demonstration of the service, documentation and exploitation plan.

PRIDE will:

  • Build value-added, standards-based services, using such standards as LDAP, X.500, WHOIS++, SET.
  • Based around the distributed applications protocols already under deployment, e.g. Z39.50, ISO ILL.
  • Using scaleable open architectures, e.g.. CORBA and pervasive interfaces such as the WWW and JAVA scripting.

PRIDE puts people first. Users, in the widest sense, of the project can be classified as follows:

  • library and information service intermediaries,
  • library system suppliers,
  • information service providers,
  • end users, e.g. various researchers in academia, commerce and administration

Key issues

PRIDE must support typical network service scenarios, such as:

  • The information and support services may be inside and outside the library domain.
  • The users may go anywhere for their service requirements.
  • The service providers may seek patrons anywhere.

PRIDE must permit unified access for users to a global range of information, resources and services in an efficient, scaleable and functional manner by facilitating:

  • Creation of a unified source of both library-based and networked service descriptions.
  • Identification of suitable resources and services as a prelude to searches.
  • Declaration of personal profiles accessible to disclosure agents (e.g. Selective Dissemination of Information (SDI) Services).
  • Authentication and authorisation for service access and electronic payments services.
  • A one-stop declaration of personal information, not multiple service registrations.


The PRIDE solution brings wide area information to more people in a serviceable framework by opening up services in a cost effective manner to the networked public, not just to local or physical subscribers - thus enfranchising more people to use a widespread existing resource.


The main deliverables of the project include the following, not all of which are for public release:

  • State of the art review report
  • User requirements report
  • Commercial and legal issues report
  • System architecture and logical component design report
  • PRIDE server and accounts software
  • Verification methodology report
  • Annual and Final Project reports.

Additional information is available from the contact below and from the Web at: PRIDE Web site .


Name of Institution/Organisation Postal Code / City Country
LASER, London & South Eastern Library Region E1 9RL London UK
Title, First Name, Name Mr Peter Smith Address: Gun Court, Wapping Lane 70
Tel: + 44 171 702 2020 Fax: + 44 171 702 2019
E-mail 1: (email removed) E-mail 2:

Other Partners

Name of Institution/Organisation Country Role
Quercus Information Ltd. UK A
Library Information Technology Centre, South Bank University, London UK A
Fretwell-Downing Data Systems Ltd. UK P
UK Office for Library Networking, Univ.of Bath UK A
University College Dublin IRL A
Manchester Metropolitan University UK P
University of East Anglia UK A
Macquarie University AU A
Bibliotheque de l'Universite René Descartes - Paris V FR P
Otto-von-Guericke-Universitat Magdeburg DE P
British Library UK X

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