[XML4LIB] Re:LC Server Enhancements from Index Data

Dick Thaxter rtha at loc.gov
Tue Mar 30 13:09:38 EST 2004


On Tue, 30 Mar 2004, Eric Lease Morgan wrote:

> 
> On Mar 30, 2004, at 12:25 PM, "Larry E. Dixson" <ldix at loc.gov> wrote:
> 
> > LC has been working with Index Data to create a front end for
> > our Z39.50 server that would provide us with a way to enhance
> > our server's performance.  Index Data has created, and we have
> > installed, what is essentially a Z39.50/SRW/SRU to Z39.50
> > gateway by using two of their popular toolkits:  YAZ and an
> > enhanced version of YAZ++.  For more information about these
> > toolkits, see the following:
> >
> >    http://www.indexdata.dk/yaz/
> >    http://www.indexdata.dk/yazplusplus/
> >    http://www.loc.gov/z3950/agency/zing/srw/
> >    http://www.loc.gov/z3950/agency/zing/srw/sru.html
> 
> This is definitely a step in the right direction.
> 
> By providing access to content like library catalogs via Web Services 
> such as Z39.50/SRW/SRU it becomes increasingly possible to get to the 
> underlying content without having to go through and end-user interface. 
> By separating presentation from content in this way is becomes easier 
> reuse content new and novel ways. "Just give me the data." [Insert 


> applause here.] The downside of such an approach is that such 
> techniques require the library community to increase its knowledge of 
> computing environments.
> 

If an increased knowledge of computing environments is a downside, it's
certainly a downside with a rosy lining ;)

Dick Thaxter




> -- 
> Eric Lease Morgan
> University Libraries of Notre Dame
> 
> 


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