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EDIL

Updated 16 OCT 98
Project Number and Title
1042 - Electronic Document Interchange between Libraries
Programme/Action line Call Topic(s) Start End Project Duration
in Months
FP 3/ II Theme 11 January 1993 December 1995 36
Keywords
document access/delivery (electronic); OSI; networking; FTAM


blue bullet Additional information is available on the EDIL web site .(http://www.inist.fr/accueil/edil.htm)


Theme
Fast document transfer and delivery (Theme: 11)
Project description
The main objectives of the EDIL project were:
  • demonstrate the international electronic interchange of documents between main European library networks;
  • using standard and widely available products,
  • to disseminate the results by an active pilot and demonstration stage.
Within the context of European co-operation in the implementation of networked library services, the EDIL project automated the transfer and delivery of documents between participating national nodes. The project experimented the electronic exchange of documents at several site libraries selected from each national network involved in the project. The project then evaluated and modified as necessary the operation of the EDIL system.
Technical approach
EDIL was organised into three phases:
  • During Phase 1 the Document Delivery requirements and the interworking of the four national systems were defined, the systems and networking architecture was developed and the user evaluation parameters specified.
  • Phase 2 saw implementation of the national systems, firstly on the partner sites and then at designated test libraries.
  • In Phase 3 , test-site libraries, in using the service, evaluated and refined it.
Particular emphasis was laid on information dissemination, with mailing lists, newsletters, press releases and participation in seminars and similar events.
Key issues
The design of the EDIL document delivery system is based on an analysis of user requirements, existing standards and the GEDI recommendations on international electronic document transmission.
The issues included:
  • Comparison of ISO FTAM (File Transfer, Access and Management) over X.25 and TCP/IP FTP (File Transfer Protocol) over the Internet. In-depth investigations and trials established FTP as the preferred connection medium.
  • Definition of the Document Deli-very process as:
    • identification and location;
    • ordering;
    • digitisation;
    • interchange;
    • hard copy reproduction;
    • billing, accounting and administrative procedures;
  • EDIL relay nodes in four countries: France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, each with national connections to dependent test library sites.
  • Fostering within European libraries expertise in communication standards and the national systems connecting to EDIL.
Impact and results
The main benefit of EDIL is the fast interchange of printed and electronic information, giving rapid, much simpler and wider international access to documents.
With it is an emphasis on library technologies - especially communications - which not only encourages information technology co-operation, utilisation of telecommunications tools and acquisition of related expertise, but also the extension of EDIL to other library networks in Europe.
Deliverables
Project reports, describing system, user and national infrastructure specifications are publicly available.
Currently issued as restricted category publications are:
  • User requirements analysis;
  • EDIL relay system specifications;
  • National infrastructure and com-mon EDIL specifications;
  • System installation guide and software technical approval;
  • EDIL user guide.
Additional information can be found at EDIL web site (in french), as well as at http://www.inist.fr/ (in french), and is also available from the contact below.


Coordinator

Name of Institution/Organisation Postal Code / City Country
SEMA Group F - 92126 MONTROUGE FR
Title, First Name, Name Address: 16, rue Barbes
Tel:
Fax:
E-mail 1:
E-mail 2:

Other Partners

Name of Institution/Organisation Country Role
Ministère de l'Education Nationale FR P
INIST FR P
PICA NL P
British Library Document Supply Center UK P
Universitätsbibliothek Hannover und Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) DE P
FCCN PT A


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