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The UK Technical Information Centre R. Amor and A. Hutchison

Summary: The UK Technical Information Centre
R. Amor and A. Hutchison
BRE, Bucknalls Lane, Garston, Watford WD2 7JR, UK
hutchisona@bre.co.uk, Phone +44-1923-664556, Fax +44-1923-664689
ABSTRACT: The UK Technical Information Centre (TIC, URL-3 1999) is one of a set of
Internet-based services developed in the EC funded project CONNET (URL-1 1999). The TIC
aims to provide a single source of information on any purchasable publication of relevance to the
built environment in the UK. Over 220 publishers have been identified and it is estimated that
information on about 50,000 publications will be collected. This paper examines the issues raised
in structuring and integrating the publication information from such a wide range of publishers.
Particular attention is paid to data models and integration, the impact of classification systems,
and coping with non-standard transfer formats. The structure of the TIC is detailed and strategies
for searching across the published base data are examined along with interoperability issues and
the benefits these bring to evolving portals.
The UK is not unique in having a wide range of publishers who serve various segments of the
built environment market. The publishers range from standards organisations (e.g., BSI and
HMSO), to generic publishing houses (e.g., Butterworth-Heinemann and Pearson Education), to
professional organisations (e.g., BSRIA, ICE, and IChemE), through to specialist organisations
(e.g., Association for Specialist Fire Protection). Initial lists have identified over 220 UK


Source: Amor, Robert - Department of Computer Science, University of Auckland


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences