Many months back we'd started CISTI Lab, a website for CISTI developers to expose some beta applications and to illustrate some of the more experimental work that's not yet ready for prime time, but that could use some exposure and a few more eyes.
The Lab has recently been revamped, and now includes some of the work being done by the CISTI Research group, as well as a wiki that explains some of the work. As time goes on we hope to be adding some new additions, hopefully including some SOA-based architecture and related services, tools and applications. For one, I'm hoping to revamp or replace the CISTI Toolbar application I wrote with something a bit better... most likely LibX based.
From the CISTI Lab site:
CISTI Lab visitors and collaborators will be able to test and evaluate Web-based experimental applications for science libraries. It is a place for CISTI to demonstrate prototypes, collaborate with researchers within NRC as well as Universities, libraries and the private sector and to obtain feedback from early adopters.
CISTI Lab has at its disposal a significant collection of electronic documents and meta-data about these documents as well as a collection of software tools and APIs for building Web applications and Web Services.
From an architecture perspective, it's a place that we hope we can use to help prove architecture and technology concepts, expose some experimental web services, and to encourage innovation in the area of libraries and technology. More generally, CISTI is hoping to encourage collaboration and interest from like minded individuals and organizations.