LIRA designs, builds, and maintains
applications which provide access to collections of information, both in printed and
electronic form. We have built large, integrated applications, such as the UW Library
Catalog and WiscINFO, the UW-Madison Web service. Our users are primarily at the
UW-Madison and the CIC, and do include others in higher education.
Instructional & Retrieval Applications
Data objects are collections of books,
journals, instructional resources, learning objects, reference materials, documents,
catalog listings, recordings, artworks, and any associated "metadata" or
structured descriptive information. These collections may include their full digital
contents (plain and structured text, images, graphics, video, audio, and course modules)
and may be enhanced with searchable indexes and catalogs. Integrated applications
typically store, organize, retrieve, deliver via the Web, manage, and track usage of these
objects, and create "metadata" or catalogs; separate tools or integrated
features may create or capture the full digital contents.
Scope includes library catalogs, library
management systems, electronic/digital library applications, materials booking and course
reserves systems, web-based learning systems, instructional management systems, learning
module cataloging/retrieval systems, metadata repositories, museum/archives systems,
full-text indexing/searching and thesaurus solutions, document delivery systems, journal
citation databases, document-based campus-wide information systems and departmental
equivalents, dissertation/thesis collections, and other electronic texts and journals.
Library applications include Voyager,
MadCat, WebZ, NLS/NOTIS, Electronic Library web service, licensed databases from Wilson,
SilverPlatter, Beilstein/MDL, electronic texts in SGML, and CIC Virtual Electronic
Library. Instructional applications include UW-wide WebCT Utility, planned Academic Course
Web service and Instructional Resources Repository, and emerging Instructional Management
Systems packages. Information Retrieval applications include WiscINFO, UW-Madison Web and
Departmental Web service, Internet Resources directory, DoITNet, and numerous custom
web-based applications and custom search engines. Metadata examples include Library (MARC
and DC), Instructional (IMS), Web (XML and RDF), and other (GIS).