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Updated: 23 NOV 2000
Project Number and Title
5643 - Opac Network in Europe- II
Programme/Action line Call Topic(s) Start End Project Duration
in Months
FP 4/ B 4-5 bis and 6 Summer 1998

Keywords : document access/delivery (electronic); interlibrary loan; OPAC; SR/Z39.50
Related projects : COBRA; EFILA; ONE

Action Line

Action line B: Telematics Applications for Interconnected Library Services

Call Topic(s)

  • Call Topic 4-5 bis: Distributed library services.
  • Call Topic 6 bis: Services for the acquisition and supply of materials to libraries.

Project description

The project builds on and extends the results of the ONE project by implementing more services and involving new partners. The project will produce common software, adding facilities for interlibrary loan, electronic document delivery and distributed shared cataloguing capabilities to the common software developed in the ONE project under FP3. Demonstrators will include implementations in museums and at sites in Hungary. Users will include professional cataloguers, researchers, museums and library patrons.

Technical approach

The ONE II project is based on the following approach:

Extend common ONE facilities to integrate advanced Z39.50 retrieval : item ordering, inter-library loans and electronic document delivery, including user validation, payment mechanisms and multimedia facilities.

Validate the requirements and solutions via user-trials targeted towards professional cataloguers, researchers public library patrons and museums respectively.

Share specifications and relevant technology with two large demonstrators in Eastern and Central Europe.

The project will also establish practical requirements for international document delivery and ILL transactions. Their preferred solutions will influence the library community in Europe.

Key issues

ONE II extends the common ONE Z39.50-based search and retrieve services to integrate other related functions. The key issues for the project are to implement:

  • Item ordering (Z39.50 extended service)
  • Inter-library loans (ISO ILL)
  • Copy cataloguing and update (Z39.50 Union Catalogue Profile)
  • Electronic document delivery (Z39.50 Export Invocation Extended Service).


A number of important demonstrators will be implemented. These trial services are designed to validate the services among relevant users with different backgrounds and requirements, i.e. professional cataloguers, researchers and public library patrons.
These services will accelerate the expansion of the European OPAC Network at a high level of functional interoperability. The common software and services will also serve to integrate new partners such as the National Library of Hungary and new applications areas such as museums into the community of networked systems.
With European and American institutions now supporting the same version of the Z39.50 ST standard, the ONE II demonstrator will help European systems vendors (including some ONE II participants) to readily market their products and services based on proven ONE II modules.


The main deliverables, not all of which are for public release, include:

  • ONE-II profile and requirements overview
  • Common protocol software requirements specification
  • Common toolkit requirements
  • Stand-alone and Networked client requirements
  • One-II implementation overview
  • Various server implementation reports (8 altogether)
  • Consolidated service description
  • User trials overview and report
  • Information dissemination plan and activities
  • Annual and Final project reports


Name of Institution/Organisation Postal Code / City Country
Danish Library Center DK-2750 Ballerup DK
Title, First Name, Name Mr Poul Henrik Jorgensen Address: Tempovej 7-11
Tel: + 45 44 86 77 77 Fax: + 45 44 86 78 94
E-mail 1: (email removed) E-mail 2:

Other Partners

Name of Institution/Organisation Country Role
Bibsys NO P
Crossnet Systems Limited UK P
Helsinki University Library FI P
Instituto Centrale per Il Catalogo Unico delle Biblioteche Italiane e per le Informatzioni Biobliografiche IT P
Oslo College NO P
Joanneum Research AT P
Hungarian National Library HU A
Hungarian National Museum HU A
Steiermarkische Landesbibliothek AT A
Steiermarkische Landesmuseum AT A
The Royal Library, Libris Department SE P
University of Oslo Library NO P
documentation will be of restricted issue. Within the public domain are:

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