As one of many people who have been involved in the COLIS Project, it is encouraging to see the level of interest it has created. I continue to be pleasantly surprised by the number of people, both within Australia and internationally, who are aware of the COLIS Project. However, there is occasional confusion as to what COLIS actually is, sothis chapter provides an attempt at an overview of the COLIS Project both in its initial form (COLIS Phase 1: 2001-2002) and in its subsequent further development in the 'Interaction of IT Systems and Repositories' Project (COLIS Phase 2: 2003-2004) from a number of different angles. For some earlier reflections on Phase 1 of the project, see Dalziel (2002a).
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