Seeking Documents on the Application of Service Oriented Architectures in Academic Libraries

I’ve been tasked to write a whitepaper envisioning a Service Oriented Architecture for OhioLINK’s services and operations. I’ve found a bit of information through my own networking and searching, but in putting out this list and asking for additions I want to be sure that I’m not already missing the holy grail of documents that I could just rebrand as an OhioLINK document. (With appropriate permission, of course.) I’m looking for strategic/explanatory documents over technical documents, although the latter will undoubtedly be useful in later iterations and derivatives of the whitepaper.

CDL Common Framework

The CDL Common Framework is an open, services-oriented technical architecture that provides an integrating framework for services related to digital libraries. As a layered architecture it aims to separate front-end tools from back-end services from underlying data storage so that different components can be reused in multiple applications, reducing the time and money it takes to develop and maintain code. The Common Framework also supports easy integration of local and third party tools and services through a plug-in approach. It is available through both machine (i.e. web services) and human interfaces.

A ‘service oriented’ view of the JISC Information Environment


This document is intended to help clarify the relationship of the JISC IE architecture to ‘service oriented’ architectures such as those adopted by the DLF Abstract Services Taskforce and the e-Framework for Education and Research. It starts from the set of ‘service components’ shown in the JISC IE architecture diagram, extrapolating a list of the ‘abstract services’ that are expected to be offered and then listing a set of candidate ‘service bindings’ (that correspond with the protocols and standards listed in the JISC IE technical standards document. This document builds on an earlier attempt to develop a tentative ‘reference model‘ for the discovery to delivery space occupied by the JISC IE. The previous document took a functional approach, using UML use cases to document the anticipated behaviour of end-users of the JISC IE, then building up a set of ‘business processes’, ‘abstract services’ and ‘service bindings’. However, the list of abstract services provided in the older document is too simplistic and incomplete to be useful.

e-Framework for Education and Research


Resources on this site include: The eFramework for Education and Research; an overview briefing paper provides an overview of the e-Framework for Education and Research (the e-Framework), its strategic context, its aims and objectives, its overall approach, the stakeholders, the benefits and its expected outcomes and impact. Workflow and Webservices examines the topic of coordinating workflows of web services within an elearning context, and identifies the requirements, challenges, and technology choices involved. The JISC Information Environment (JISC IE) technical architecture specifies a set of standards and protocols that support the development and delivery of an integrated set of networked services that allow the end-user to discover, access, use and publish digital and physical resources as part of their learning and research activities. The E-Learning Framework (ELF)constitutes the e-learning domain within the e-Framework. The abstract service definitions and resources within the ELF will be merged with those of the JISC Information Environment, and the emerging domain factorisations for e-science and e-administration to form the e-Framework.

DLF Service Framework for Digital Libraries

A progress report for the DLF Steering Committee from 17 May 2005. Has headings of Context, Why is a Digital Library Service Framework needed?, Some benefits of a Service Framework for DLF and research libraries, What has the DLF Service Framework Group done so far?, Some open issues, and Recommendations moving forward.

ALA TechSource’s Web Services and the Service-Oriented Architecture

“In an era of computing dominated by the World Wide Web, technology referred to as Web services stands as a key one for allowing computers to communicate machine to machine, program to program….Web services make it easy to connect all types of computer applications to each other. As you will see throughout this report, Web services deliver a foundation of interoperability greatly needed in a world where computer services and digital information exist in many different forms and flavors,” says Breeding in his “Introduction” in the latest issue of Library Technology Reports, “Web Services and the Service-Oriented Architecture.”

The text was modified to update a link from http://www.e-framework.org/resources/ to http://www.e-framework.org/Resources/tabid/609/Default.aspx on November 17th, 2010.

The text was modified to update a link from http://www.e-framework.org/resources/ to http://www.e-framework.org/Resources/tabid/609/Default.aspx on November 17th, 2010.

The text was modified to update a link from http://www.e-framework.org/resources/eframeworkrV1.pdf to http://www.e-framework.org/Portals/9/docs/papers/Briefing060802.pdf on November 17th, 2010.

The text was modified to update a link from http://www.e-framework.org/resources/eframeworkrV1.pdf to http://www.e-framework.org/Portals/9/docs/papers/Briefing060802.pdf on November 17th, 2010.

The text was modified to update a link from http://www.e-framework.org/resources/SOAandWorkflow2.pdf to http://www.e-framework.org/Portals/9/Resources/SOAandWorkflow2.pdf on November 17th, 2010.

The text was modified to update a link from http://www.e-framework.org/resources/SOAandWorkflow2.pdf to http://www.e-framework.org/Portals/9/Resources/SOAandWorkflow2.pdf on November 17th, 2010.

The text was modified to update a link from http://www.techsource.ala.org/ltr/web-services-and-the-service-oriented-architecture.html to http://www.alatechsource.org/ltr/web-services-and-the-service-oriented-architecture on November 17th, 2010.

The text was modified to update a link from http://www.techsource.ala.org/ltr/web-services-and-the-service-oriented-architecture.html to http://www.alatechsource.org/ltr/web-services-and-the-service-oriented-architecture on November 17th, 2010.