Interoperation allows repositories that use similar data models
to share metadata objects with each other via the Internet. The
shared metadata objects are automatically linked into the
catalog of the repository that creates the interoperation.
In the figure above, the objects maintained at Repository A are
linked into the catalog of Repository B as a result of an
interoperation created at Repository B. Note that the catalog
links point to the *remote* objects. When someone clicks the
catalog link to view the object, he or she retrieves that object
from Repository A, not from Repository B. This ensures that the
information in your catalog is always current, and also ensures
that the repository that maintains the object controls its
appearance and access permissions.
Interoperations are created and manipulated in the RIB
interface. Creating an interoperation is very simple and
monitoring those interoperations via the RIB interface is quite
simple as well. The screenshot below shows the interface that
RIB supplies for managing repository interoperations.
(This is a non-interactive screenshot)