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University of California Data Research and Digital Equipment to Develop Z39.50 Info Server

Magazine article Information Today

University of California Data Research and Digital Equipment to Develop Z39.50 Info Server

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University of California Data Research and Digital Equipment To Develop Z39.50 Info Server

The University of California (UC) has entered into an agreement with Data Research Associates, Inc. and Digital Equipment Corporation to develop a Z39.50 information server application. The software and supporting record-transfer formats will ultimately permit the University of California's systemwide MELVYL online catalog and the Data Research System installed at U.C. Davis to create distributed library automation applications across the University's computer communications network.

"The implementation of this interface will provide a ground-breaking example of the practicality of Z39.50 applications and will open the way for development of other similar interfaces among library systems on the national academic networks," said Marilyn J. Sharrow, University Librarian for U.C. Davis. "It offers a model for new and highly cost-effective library automation through cooperative processing among systems."

The project has been made possible by significant grants from Data Research for software and Digital Equipment Corporation for hardware. Development is being undertaken as part of a collaborative effort between the U.C. Davis General Library and the Division of Library Automation, a unit within the Information Systems and Administrative Services at the University of California office of the President. The U.C. Davis campus is also providing opportunity funds to support the project.

When developed, the Z39.50 interface will allow the MELVYL online catalog to display materials availability status retrieved from the Data Research/U.C. Davis circulation database. In addition, the MELVYL online catalog will be transparently accessible through the Data Research public access catalog installed at the U. …

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