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Library Information enquiry and Referral Network

Objective

The electronic enquiry and referral service for European libraries is based on the ISO 9594/CCITT X.500 Directory standard. The concepts and feasibility of the service will be defined and evaluated during a pilot operation using business as a subject topic.

The project will develop a pilot enquiry and referral service between 3 library communities in Portugal, UK and Belgium. The services and architecture of LIRN will be studied and defined. Information regarding the subject of business will be held in a distributed data base in the X.500 format.
Impact and expected results:

Libraries and, increasingly, industry are looking for cost effective electronic information services. The pilot clearly demonstrated that a reliable, pan-European, international, multilingual business information service is a commercial proposition.

That LIRN would, for the first time, give pan-European access, rapidly and definitively, to business data is a very exciting development in the electronic information services market.

Deliverables

The pilot as a working system is now deliverable. Reports now available in the public domain are:

X.500 feasibility;
Directory and DUA specifications;
Thesaurus techniques;
Services and architecture;
International language aspects;
Network connections report;
Object classes and attribute types in the X.500 DSAs.

Still to be delivered are:

Pilot system report;
Evaluation methodology report;
Training materials report;
Operating handbook;
User information guide.
Technical approach:

There were three consecutive phases in the project: definition, implementation and evaluation. These were further sub-divided into workpackages covering:

X.500 feasibility;
Directory specification;
Location of information sources in each of the three countries;
Identification of data capture and thesaurus techniques;
Identification of national business communities;
Definition of services and systems architecture;
Network connections;
Linguistic aspects;
DUA development;
Installation and test of directory systems in each country;
Data capture;
Thesaurus development;
Interface development;
Directory database build;
System test;
Training;
Pilot and evaluation.

Key issues:

The main technical issues to be explored are:

- Experiment the use of X.500 directories for libraries;
- Validate the use of standards for international interconnection;
- Foster expertise in communication standards by putting together experts in telecommunications, libraries and business partners.

A catalogue of business information sources, a business thesaurus and the pilot evaluation report are restricted deliverables.

Public documentation is available from the contact below and from http://sun7.iihe.ac.be/index_uk.html and from http://lirn.viscount.org.uk/index_uk.html and also from http://diana.ci.ua.pt/index_uk.html.

Coordinator

Laser
Address
Gun Court 70 Wapping Lane
E1 9RL London
United Kingdom

Participants (4)

Business Information Network
United Kingdom
Level 7 Ltd
United Kingdom
University of Aveiro
Portugal
Université Libre de Bruxelles
Belgium