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European Initiative in Library and Information in Aerospace


The overall objective of the EURILIA project is to enhance the Libraries R&D and education process in the aerospace sector. For this purpose a new service will be established, based on a pan-European system for information access, retrieval, image browsing and document delivery. This will in turn extend the access and availability of major aerospace collections.

It will develop effective networking links between all EURILIA participants, using a current standard open telecommunications network infrastructure. These links will be used for direct access to the OPACs of significant aerospace collections, based on a standard user interface built on the ISO SR (Z39.50) standard. Document browsing and delivery will be by conventional and electronic image format.

These links will then be used to evaluate the use of the network as a channel for the transmission of document requests and images. Software will be developed to manage these procedures. Parallel with this process, a programme of systematic record access in combination with advanced information retrieval software will be undertaken.
Impact and expected results:

EURILIA will demonstrate the feasibility of a multi-site, multi-country document delivery system, with standard user interface and image browsing features, in aerospace libraries. Such a system, by making aerospace related information more easily, more accurately and more extensively available, will facilitate the research and education process in that sector. This in turn will contribute significantly towards European competitiveness in this key industry.

Although the service will be developed for the aerospace industry, it will be applicable to other sectors.

Different pricing systems will be tested in order to minimise cost and maximise benefit and viability of the service.

At the end of the project a workshop will be organised.


A report on the results and analysis of the pre-project audit, including an evaluation of commercial aspects, is currently available. The prototype system and service are classified as restricted or confidential.

Within the public domain, in line with project progress, will be:

A report on the post-project audit results, with a re-evaluation of commercial aspects;
Final report.
Technical approach:

The project has five workpackages:
Pre- and post project audits to determine the effect of EURILIA on its sector and evaluate its commercial aspects;
User application to investigate, specify and implement the core EURILIA network infrastructure and user software;
OPAC SR access to implement a standard SR access service and demonstrate it on two OPACs;
Image access developing the user application to provide remote image browsing to a prototype image service;
DDS access with development and demonstration of integrated conventional and Group IV fax image document delivery.

Information will be disseminated via an Expert Advisory Group, workshops in each country and in seeking new associates for the network.

Key issues:

network architecture;
the PC-based standard user application;
image access mail and fax group III and IV delivery;
commercial aspects (including copyright);
user requirements (pre and post project audits).

Documentation can be obtained from the contact below and from


University of Limerick

Participants (5)

United Kingdom
Road Wharley End
MK43 0AL Cranfield,bedford
Digital Equipment Corporation
Instituto Nacional de Tecnica Aerospacial
Sup'Aero, ENSEA
Technical University of Delft