Welcome to the LC Portals Applications Issues Group Web site!
If you are starting out with little or no knowledge of federated search portals or OpenURL, click on Starting Out with Portals and OpenURL for a short introduction and recommended list of online readings.
The Library of
Congress Portals Applications Issues Group (LCPAIG) started its work in mid-2002
and developed this Web site to organize information
about federated search and academic portals and OpenURL resolver products and to share this information with LC staff and the library
community. This Web site also organizes links to other Web sites on portals and OpenURL resolvers found in current literature, projects, initiatives and resources from library organizations and professional standards groups and meetings.
Documents issued by LCPAIG are found in LCPAIG: Documents; goals and tasks of LCPAIG may be found in LCPAIG: Goals; and a list of the Library of Congress staff serving on the Portals Applications Issues Group is in LCPAIG: Members.
Links to a list of portal and OpenURL resolver products and the vendors and organizations which supply them are presented in several categories: Federated Search Portal Products/Vendors, which includes portals that emphasize federated search characteristics along with a host of other features, OpenURL Resolver Products/Vendors and Academic Portal Products/Vendors, which include portals used by academic and educational institutions to organize and present institutional information and courses. A selection of Federal government agency and academic institution Web portals and subject "gateways" which fit into a related category of portals are linked under the menu item, Examples. Enterprise portal products and search engines are generally excluded from these lists, since they were not within the scope of LCPAIG's study.
A disclaimer image and the following disclaimer text is provided frequently throughout the LCPAIG Web site to explain the following Library of Congress policy regarding links to external Web sites and sources:
These links are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by the Library of Congress of any of the products, services or opinions of the corporation or organization or individual. The Library of Congress bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external site or for that of subsequent links. Contact the external site for answers to questions regarding its content.
If you have any questions, please correspond with LCPAIG by directing email to: email@example.com