MARIAN Digital Library Information System

MARIAN is an indexing, search, and retrieval system optimized for digital libraries. It was developed at the Virginia Tech Computing Center for VT Information Systems, with development continuing at the DLRL.

Running Systems

MARIAN / VT Library. MARIAN v.1.5 running as an online public access catalog system for the VT Library collection. Not currently available.(Version with new Java MARIAN will be available soon).
MARIAN / Experimental.NDLTD Union Archive Java MARIAN v.2.3 running on the NDLTD Union Archive. EXPERIMENTAL
Java MARIAN v.2.3 running on a collection of health organization information.

Ongoing Work

Current work.
Code for Marian OAI data provider



Marcos André Gonçalves, Robert K. France, and Edward A. Fox. "MARIAN: Flexible Interoperability for Federated Digital Libraries." Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries: [Proc. of] 5th European Conference, ECDL-01 (Darmstadt, Germany: 4-9 Sept. 2001) Springer, 2001, pp. 173-186. (PDF version)

Marcos André Gonçalves, Robert K. France, Edward A. Fox, Eberhard R. Hilf, Michael Hohlfeld, Kerstin Zimmermann, and Thomas Severiens. "Flexible Interoperability in a Federated Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations" Proc. 20th World Conference on Open Learning and Distance Education (Düsseldorf, Germany, 1-5 April 2001). [CD publication; unpaginated].

Can, Fazli, Edward A. Fox, Cory Snavely, and Robert K. France. "Incremental clustering for very large document databases: initial MARIAN experience." Information Systems 84, 1995, pp. 101-114.

Fox, Edward A., Robert K. France, Eskindar Sahle, Amjad Daoud and Ben E. Cline. "Development of a modern OPAC: from REVTOLC to MARIAN." SIGIR-93: Proceedings of the Sixteenth Annual Int'l ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval (Pittsburgh, PA: June 27 - July 1, 1993) ACM, 1993. pp. 248-259. (PDF Version) (Also available from VT CS Dep't as TR-93-06.)

Web Publications

France, Robert K., Lucy Terry Nowell, Edward A. Fox, Rani A. Saad and Jianxin Zhao. "Use and usability in a digital library search system." Paper submitted to Digital Libraries 99. (PDF version) (HTML version)

France, Robert K. and Fox, Edward A. "Indexing large collections of small text records for ranked retrieval." Internal report, Virginia Tech, 1993. (PDF Version)


France, Robert K. "The World According to MARIAN" Presentation to the DLRL group, 27 Sept. 1999. (PDF Version)

Internal Documents

France, Robert K., Ben E. Cline and Edward A. Fox. "MARIAN Detailed Design." Unpublished technical document, Virginia Tech Computing Center. v. 1.4, 1992. (PDF Version)

France, Robert K. "Information Interactions: User Interface Objects for CODER, INCARD, and MARIAN." Unpublished technical document, Virginia Tech Computing Center. v. 2.5, August 1992. (PDF Version)

Back to DLRL Home Page