SAN FRANCISCO-- On June 4, 1992 NOTIS Systems, Inc. demonstrated full NISO Z39.50 Version 2 interoperability with the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) test bed site at the University of California Department of Library Automation (DLA). As part of the test, the NOTIS client exchanged standard Z39.50 protocol elements with the DLA server and performed several intersystem searches. Since that time NOTIS has interacted successfully with servers at OCLC, AT&T, UC Berkeley, Penn State and MIT.
"NOTIS is committed to providing fully compliant Z39.50 products to accomplish true interconnection of systems," said Sara Randall, NOTIS Project Manager and member of the Z39.50 Implementers' Group. "Our new products, PACLink and InfoBase, are the first commercially available supporting the Z39.50 protocol".
New NOTIS products built on the Z39.50 protocol include PACLink, a patron resource sharing system that allows a user at one site to search the online catalog at another site through a seamless interface and leave a document delivery request and InfoBase, a UNIX-based database server that operates on a number of hardware manufacturers platforms.
Z39.50 is the standard for communications between computers for information retrieval. The Z39.50 standard grew out of the Linked Systems Project, and it provides for the retrieval of bibliographic records independent of the type of system on which they are stored. A system using Z39.50 can communicate across the TCP/IP Internet to any other system using Z39.50.
NOTIS is a member of the Z39.50 implementers' Group, sponsored by the Library of Congress and the Z39.50 Testbed Group, sponsored by the Coalition for Networked Information.
NOTIS Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of integrated information systems for academic libraries. Its products provide automation for a wide range of library functions and are supported by a variety of customer service programs. NOTIS is a subsidiary of Ameritech Information Systems.