Forschungs- & Entwicklungsinformationsdienst der Gemeinschaft - CORDIS

EUROPAGATE: alternatives for international document availability

The project concerned the building and operation of a pilot gateway service through which users can access ANSI Z39.50 and International Standardisation Organisation (ISO) SR servers which provide on-line access to catalogues. Users' requests had to be handled over widely available data networks using existing clients which incorporate the ANSI and ISO standards. Requests also had to be able to be processed via e-mail. The cost recovery element of providing the service was investigated to evaluate the feasibility of offering a permanent service. The project was built as far as possible on the results of the Irish project IRIS funded under the European Union (EU) Telematique regional programme, and on results stemming from elsewhere. Existing software packages were integrated to deliver the desired service.

EUROPAGATE in effect allows two isolated factions to communicate with each other. By transparency of access, regardless to protocol, more users will have international access to catalogue and bibliographic information databases, with minimal equipment and service registration requirements. The gateway pilot service is in operation following full implementation. The following reports are available in the public domain:
current implementations of Z39.50 and ISO SR;
Z39.50 and ISO SR servers in operation;
current developments and future trends;
examination of existing information services and users;
functional specifications;
implementation of design and installation guidelines (public).

Additional information is available from the website http://europagate.dtv.dk/.

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