Monday, July 14, 2003

Catalogs

An interesting idea on usr/lib/info, benchmarking ILS performance.
I wonder if anyone is aware of a set of tests for catalogs that would test their response times on a range of possible queries (from simple author or title searches to more complex multi-field testing). While these tests would only cover known item searches, it would be interesting, for instance, to see how well one library catalog performs when compared to another with the same record set. One might want to load up one of the open source ILSes with the same set of records s/he has in the local proprietary database, for instance, and compare the results.
It seems that some institutions have done their own tests. It might be good to have some standards or guidelines for such tests. Sounds like a dissertation or a project for NISO.

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