European projects involving Z39.50
Most of the following European projects are funded by the European
Commission's DG XIII/E-4 under the
Libraries programme (exceptions include Aquarelle, NESSTAR and DBV-OSI II).
Only those with a substantial Z39.50 element are included.
A comprehensive list
of projects funded under Telematics for Libraries is available.
Projects with UK involvement are indicated with an asterisk.
- Aquarelle* - developing a
resource discovery system for cultural heritage information. Funded by the EC
Telematics Applications Programme.
- ARCA - development
of a software tool which allows existing OPACs to act as Z39.50 targets.
- CANDLE* - producing
low-cost library management software for rights control and fee management.
Builds on the software developed in the earlier
CaseLibrary* project (produced
ZNavigator client and software tools).
- creating a serials authority list based on the ISSN system, allowing
users to search distributed catalogues of national serials holdings.
- development, piloting and evaluation of a service for multimedia document
delivery in a distributed environment using SR/Z39.50.
- DECOMATE II*
- developing an end-user service providing access to heterogeneous
information resources distributed over different libraries in Europe using a
- DBV-OSI II - a German national
project, with federal funding. It provides access to a distributed library and A&I
resource; searching and requesting of materials are based on Z39.50.
- ESMI (European Spatial Metadata
Infrastructure) - developing a framework for the distribution of geographic
information by creating a universal metadata service; using an Isite Z39.50
- EULER - providing access to
heterogeneous mathematical resources via a common user interface using HTTP,
Z39.50 and Dublin Core; results aim to be portable to other subject domains.
- development of a standard interface based on SR/Z39.50 which will provide
common access to the OPACs of aerospace library collections
- EUROPAGATE - built a pilot
gateway service through which different clients can access Z39.50 servers.
A useful EUROPAGATE
workshop and SR concertation meeting organised by DG XIII was held in
Luxembourg in February 1996.
- IRIS - although IRIS as a project is now completed, it continues as a
commercial service. It provides a document awareness and supply service aimed at
businesses, libraries and others in the Republic of Ireland. It is important as
one of the first operational Z39.50 based services. An overview of IRIS is
included in 'Towards distributed library systems: Z39.50 in a European context',
The project was funded under the EC's Telematique Programme.
- MIRO* - European Space
Agency project (now a product), to develop a network architecture for
distributed searching of large information servers.
- NESSTAR* -
developing a resource enabling academics and researchers across Europe to
identify, browse and acquire relevant national data sets. Funded under the
Information Engineering sector of the EC Telematics Applications programme.
- NRW Digital Library
- German (Nordrhein-Westfalen) project which plans to integrate distributed
heterogeneous resources via http and Z39.50; includes document delivery based on
Jason and SUBITO services.
- ONE* -
interconnecting the OPACs of participating European national libraries, with
access via a single entry point. Being taken forward by
- PARAGON* - developing
Z39.50 access to sound archives.
- SESAM* -
development of a prototype client server application which will connect
distributed university resources using Z39.50, to improve the flow of
information between academics, libraries and students.
- SOCKER* - completed in
November 1996, the central part of the project was to produce an SR/Z39.50
- developing large scale demonstrators for global, open distributed library
services. Based on the work of the earlier
project which developed a service for multimedia document delivery.
- eLib (Electronic Libraries Programme) Phase 3
'Clump' projects -
providing integrated access to groups of distributed OPACs using a Z39.50-based
- eLib Hybrid Library projects:
- eLib Electronic Document Delivery projects:
- MODELS - developing
technical and strategic frameworks to manage distributed library and information
services, with funding from eLib.
OPAC 2 - a British Library Research and Innovation Centre funded project to
explore the manipulation of large consolidated Z39.50 retrieval sets and develop
prototype Z39.50-based OPAC software.
- AHDS gateway
- Arts and Humanities Data Service Z39.50 gateway to provide integrated access
to the distributed holdings of five service providers.
[UKOLN Z39.50 homepage]