LEIDEN, The Netherlands and PROVO, Utah - January 23, 2004 - OCLC PICA and Dynix announced today a programme of technical cooperation that will enhance the open systems interoperability between their systems and services in the European library community.
The technical cooperation focuses on the seamless interaction between Dynix local systems incorporating the Horizon Information Portal (HIP), and the OCLC PICA Central Bibliographic System (CBS) used in many European countries and regions for the management of bibliographic union catalogues. Development teams in both organizations will utilize common international standards for the interaction between the systems. Dynix and OCLC PICA will cooperate in joint testing between their systems to ensure effective interoperability between them.
The initial priorities for the joint programme are to:
facilitate end-user access to OCLC PICA national and global bibliographic resources including the union catalogues of GBV, Hebis and DDB, the GGC (Dutch Union Catalogue) and OCLC WorldCat through pre-configuration of these resources in the Horizon Information Portal.
exploit the link from the bibliographic records in the OCLC PICA CBS to the local catalogue using the HIP as the front end user interface in order to get circulation status information e.g. to increase the efficiency of regional, national and international ILL.
Through this programme, both Dynix and OCLC PICA confirm their support of international standards and open systems, to enable libraries and their end users to increase efficiency and improve access to European resources and scholarship.
Dynix serves academic, special, school, public, and consortium libraries in over 40 countries, as a committed advocate of the library community. With more than 100 professional librarians on staff and proven experience in software leadership, Dynix is focused on providing customers visionary technology solutions that support the latest industry standards and offer intuitive functionality.
OCLC PICA, headquartered in Leiden the Netherlands, is a European Library Cooperative, with regional offices in Birmingham (UK) and Paris. OCLC PICA offers an extensive range of leading-edge products and services for both library professionals and end users.