Telematics for Libraries - Project
SR-TARGET / PARAGON
Updated: 10 DEC 97
|Project Number and Title
3034 - SR Target Development as a paragon for Catalogue Systems
|FP 3/ II
||Theme 9 bis
|SR; OPAC; sound archives; music; Z39.50, OSI; mOSI; TCP/IP
SR target development and their interconnection (Theme 9 bis)
- The purpose of SR-TARGET was to examine problems related to the use of the Z39.50 protocol in media archives through actual implementations in three different sound archives.
- The project has:
- analysed the specific problems related to the use of the Z39.50 protocol in sound archives;
developed and implemented a Z39.50 target in connection with the three sound archive catalogues participating in the
project, including coordinated access to all three;
- compiled and published guidelines which can be used by OPAC owners and implementers, describing the experience gained during the definition and implementation of the SR target systems.
- Also addressed were potential problems regarding copyright on catalogue information liable to restrict libraries and archives in offering external access to their catalogues. A client service was implemented as a single gateway to the sound archive catalogues via the Web.
- The project also addressed questions regarding the implementation of OSI communication protocols and the use of reduced communicating stacks such as mOSI and thinOSI. The use of TCP/IP was also investigated.
- The project was structured into two phases divided into six workpackages, as follows:
- PHASE 1: SPECIFICATION AND DEVELOPMENT
- SR target analysis for a common understanding of the SR protocol, to address copyright and generate a requirements specification;
- SR target development at three media archives in three countries;
- SR client - development of a central SR client with a World Wide Web interface;
- PHASE 2: TEST AND EVALUATION
- Testing and on-site evaluation at the three sites;
- Technical evaluation of the feasibility of SR target implementations for the catalogue systems;
- Guidelines on SR for OPACs for owners and end-users.
- Implementing SR targets in connection with catalogue databases;
- Copyright on catalogue information;
- The use of reduced protocol stacks such as mOSI and ThinOSI.
Impact and results:
- SR-TARGET was quite successful, fulfilling all of its goals except on-line access to sound recordings in one of the sound archives.
The project developed and tested a native target towards the
BRS/Search database and simulated targets towards the Discoteca di Stato and the Media Archive at the Danish State and University Library.
- It developed and tested a gateway client between the Web and Z39.50 which was accessed by more than 600 users during the trial period.
- The main deliverable is the Z39.50 software prototype. Its specifications are classified as restricted as is the end-user evaluation.
- In the public domain are:
- Commercial aspects of catalogue data;
- SR target requirements analysis;
- User test and evaluation plan;
- Technical evaluation of the Z39.50 implementations;
- Guidelines on Z39.50 target for OPACs;
- Final report.
Documentation is available from the contact below and from
|Name of Institution/Organisation
||Postal Code / City
|Title, First Name, Name
||Ms Birte CHRISTENSEN-DALSGAARD
||Oluf Palmes Alle 38
|Name of Institution/Organisation
|Discoteca di Stato
|National Sound Archive (British Library)