The attached document Collaborating with Web Services explains a web services demonstration no longer available online.
What you are experiencing is one of the first, if not the first, implementation of ‘service-oriented architecture’ (SOA) to a public services online system. An SOA makes it possible for information services to reside anywhere on the web. With collaboration and permission, they can be used and re-assembled as required.
Our SPI WebService demonstrates information sharing among organizations. ITScooperative directs a search at the SPI database at preventstroke.ca and shows the results on its web site!
This has enormous potential for organizations with branch members, collaboration systems and others. Instead of everyone doing their own, they can work together on one high quality implementation and use as much or as little as they need.