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Updated: 02 JUL 98
Project Number and Title
2036 - Alternatives for International Document Availability
Programme/Action line Call Topic(s) Start End Project Duration
in Months
FP 3/ III Theme 14 January 1994 December 1995 24
Interlending; document access/delivery (electronic); document supply

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Access to and/or delivery of documents (Theme 14)
Project description
The AIDA project aimed to establish Italian and Portuguese library networks in order to provide an international interlending and document supply service for Italian and Portuguese documents. In tandem the service may be used by Italian and Portuguese customers for access to foreign documents.
Technical approach
There were three phases to the project, each of which covered a number of workpackages:
Phase 1 - Design
  • Market analysis of existing and potential IDS services
  • Conceptual specifications
  • IDS agency specifications
  • Network and software specifications
Phase 2 - Software development and network implementation
  • Software for teleprocessing, service centre applications and the World Wide Web
  • Prototype networks in Italy and Portugal
Phase 3 - Training and start-up
  • Seminars for library staff
  • User support
  • Assessment of services, exploit-ation plans and information dissemination
Key issues
  • demonstrator effect, by providing a basic model for ILL services in Italy and Portugal;
  • the project will seek to demonstrate the viability of such services in a market where current services are expensive and under-used.
The project encompassed:
  • a consortium of libraries, each with an AIDA client system (IBM-compatible 486 PC, with Windows and SQL*Net TCP/IP software), connected to a single Server (with Oracle RDBMS);
  • implementation of the full ISO ILL (Interlibrary Loan) protocol;
  • concern not only with document delivery but also requesting mechanisms and administrative points, such as copyright aspects and tariffs, charging, invoicing and receipts;
  • Internet as the main carrier, with search and retrieval via a World Wide Web interface and e-mail services from and to the AIDA network;
  • a system initially designed for library operators rather than end-users, but with wider employment envisaged.
Impact and results
The project created a set of standards for Italy and Portugal, allowing considerably improved access to IDS services, including full ISO ILL, in those countries, and to services in Europe by Italian and Portuguese nationals.
The regulation of services and standardisation (and lowering) of charges for document retrieval should lead to a dramatic increase in IDS transactions and a consequent surge in access to a hitherto under-utilised resource.
The specification documentation and software within the pilot implementation are classified as restricted or confidential.
Management reports from the end of each phase are publicly available, as is the study on IDS market needs and potential demand, which covers both Italian and Portuguese national markets and their relationship to the wider European market. Due for publication in early 1996 are:
  • Report on the assessment of the pilot service results
  • Information dissemination report
  • Final report
Documentation is available from the contact below and from AIDA website .


Name of Institution/Organisation Postal Code / City Country
Studio Staff Srl I - 00184 ROME IT
Title, First Name, Name Mr. Fabrizio DEL LUNGO Address: Via di Sant Erasmo, 12
Tel: +39-06-700 54 12 Fax: +39-06-70 47 65 06
E-mail 1:
E-mail 2:

Other Partners

Name of Institution/Organisation Country Role
CIB-Bologna University IT P
Biblioteca Centralizzata di Medicina e Chirurgia IT P
Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense IT P
Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana IT P
Biblioteca Statale del Popolo IT P
Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale IT P
Biblioteca Geral da Universidade de Coimbra PT P
Instituto da Biblioteca Nacional e do Libro PT P
Reitoria da Universidade de Lisboa, Biblioteca PT A
Biblioteca Universitaria Joao Paulo II PT A

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