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EURILIA: European initiative in library and information in aerospace

To enhance the Libraries research and development and education process in the aerospace sector, a new service was established, based on a pan-European system for information access, retrieval, image browsing and document delivery. This, in turn, extended the access and availability of major aerospace collections. It developed effective networking links between all EURILIA participants, using a current standard open telecommunications network infrastructure. The links have been then used to evaluate the use of the network as a channel for the transmission of document requests and images. The software was developed to manage these procedures. Parallel with this process, a programme of systematic record access in combination with advanced information retrieval software was undertaken.

EURILIA demonstrated 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, facilitated the research and education process in that sector. This in turn contributed significantly towards European competitiveness in this key industry. Although the service has been developed for the aerospace industry, it will be applicable to other sectors. Different pricing systems were tested in order to minimize cost and maximize benefit and viability of the service.

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University of Limerick
Plassey Park
SU101 Limerick
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