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"TCC Federated Search" - is this a thing?

"TCC Federated Search" - is this a thing?

We have seen a few RFPs recently mentioning "Thin Common Cartridge Federated Search" as a goal or requirement. Is that actually a thing? We find no mention of "federated search" in the TCC or CC specifications. A few pages like this one from 2015 seem to suggest federated search was an area of discussion, but it may not have gone anywhere:

https://www.imsglobal.org/article/2015-leadership-opportunities-ims-glob...

Of course TCC itself supports importing labels and metadata that might be used in LMS search, but that would be different than a "federated search" that actually fanned out to multiple vendor systems, correct? Anyone know where this talk originated or what it's about?