April 2007 to 10 February 2010
The original project was called Xgrain. This project looked at ways to develop a cross-searching (federated searching) mechanism for Abstract and Indexing databases and other bibliographic services in the Jisc Information Environment. The fruit of the project is a fully functional cross-searching tool, GetRef, that enables the user to enter a simple search to multiple services and receive results from each.
The GetRef project determined what initial work was required to deliver a service that would be attractive to more institutions. Twenty-one institutions took the opportunity to have a trial of the GetRef prototype during the project. Interaction with these trial sites gave EDINA vital information when considering whether to build a full service.
Christine Rees Project Manager