A computer network protocol at the application level for libraries and other information science services
Journal of library automation
Little, John L
Abstract: This paper outlines the essential details of a computer network protocol at the application level for interchanging information between host computers in the community of libraries, book publishers, and bibliographic service centers. The protocol was developed by a task force appointed by the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, with technical assistance from the National Bureau of Standards and from selected consultants. The protocol defines the header portion of control and data messages at the application level and is independent of the topology of the communications subnetwork supporting the network. Control header structures is detailed, and a skeleton outline is given for twenty header field types and fifteen control message types.