POMONA, CA - November 2, 2009 -- Auto-Graphics, Inc. (Pink Sheets: AUGR), a technology innovator providing library automation solutions for over 36 years, and Index Data LLC, a software development company specializing in information retrieval, today announced a strategic partnership to provide state-of-the-art, standards-based integrated search and discovery software to the library industry. The partnership will further solidify a relationship that began in 2001 and will allow the companies to more fully integrate Index Data's Pazpar2 search engine and its accompanying technologies into Auto-Graphics' AGent library automation platform to provide an enhanced search and discovery experience.
"Our companies share a common vision of putting the customer first with the goal of jointly developing and integrating standards-based software solutions," said Paul Cope, president of Auto-Graphics. "This partnership allows us to more effectively utilize an open systems approach to deliver software and unmitigated access to data for our library partners."
This integration will take advantage of the strengths of each system and seamlessly combine those strengths into one OPAC to provide greater speed and accuracy when searching across multiple catalogs and databases. For instance, Index Data's Pazpar2 search can make use of Auto-Graphics' detailed Z39.50 mappings to enhance database searching. In addition, while the solution can take full advantage of Auto-Graphics' thousands of existing definitions, Index Data's Connector Framework enables the rapid development of new mappings for third party databases, adding new flexibility. Auto-Graphics' search engine can integrate Pazpar2 to search all of these resources and display the results into the advanced AGent Iluminar interface, built using the free open source Adobe Flex framework, to provide an unparalleled search experience.
"Our suite of information discovery tools is an excellent match for Auto-Graphic's innovative approach to delivering end-user functionality. We look forward to exploring the new possibilities created by this partnership," adds Lynn Bailey, CEO of Index Data.
About Auto-Graphics, Inc.
Founded in 1950, Auto-Graphics has been a technology innovator for more than five decades, providing data automation solutions to customers across multiple industries. For over 36 years, Auto-Graphics has helped libraries of all sizes become more efficient and patron-centric. The AGent integrated product suite - currently used by more than 6,000 libraries in North America - is comprised of AGent Iluminar a next generation patron user interface; AGent VERSO a complete integrated library system; AGent Resource Sharing a robust interlibrary loan and consortial borrowing solution; and AGent Search a powerful federated search application. AGent products are standards-compliant, built with an open systems architecture and are available via the Software as a Service (SaaS) hosted delivery model. For more information, please visit www.auto-graphics.com.
About Index Data LLC
Index Data is a software development and consulting enterprise headquartered in Copenhagen and the United States, with offices in several countries. They are experts in networked information retrieval and management based on open standards, and have a fifteen-year history of releasing advanced software components as open source. Their mission is to use their skills and creativity to build bridges between people, technologies and organizations, and to empower information providers to deliver better, more integrated services. For more information, please visit www.indexdata.com.