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Conspectus and the Scottish Collections Network: landscaping the Scottish common information environment

Dunsire, G. (2006) Conspectus and the Scottish Collections Network: landscaping the Scottish common information environment. Signum, 3. pp. 20-27.

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The article briefly gives the background to the concept of a common information environment, followed by a history of the development of two major components of a common information environment for Scotland in the form of the Scottish Collections Network, a collections description service, and the Cooperative Information Retrieval Network for Scotland, a distributed union catalogue for meta-searching. The article discusses the application in Scotland of the Conspectus methodol-ogy for the subject mapping of general library collections, and describes how Conspectus data has been integrat-ed in the information environment to allow the identifi cation and selection of collections and associated catalogues with strength in specifi c subjects.