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Data Trek, Inc. introduces Z39.50 client interface: library professionals access Z39.50 compliant databases on the Internet

Press Release: EOS International [June 16, 1995]

(Carlsbad, CA - June 16, 1995) -- Data Trek, Inc. introduces NetPAC, an easy-to-use, Z39.50 client interface for access to any Z39.50 compliant database made available over the Internet. NetPAC allows library professionals to search, retrieve and view data on-line or off-line.

"Our clients asked us to create a Z39.50 client and we listened," Data Trek CEO Scot Cheatham said. "NetPAC's intuitive GUI interface makes searching over the Internet even easier for library professionals and users alike, " he added.

Now, researchers, information seekers, librarians and students - anyone interested can easily search a library catalog or other 139.50 information database with NetPAC. It opens the resources of the world to an individual with access to a computer and the Internet. Search results can provide bibliographic records, as well as actual abstracts and other publications.

The user-friendly, point-and-click graphical interface of NetPAC allows librarians to use both easy and advanced search-term construction. They can print current, all, or a range of retrieved records, including the printing of a title list. NetPAC includes extensive on-line help and the ability to cancel search/retrieval requests prior to full retrieval completion.

Additional features found in NetPAC include:.

  • support for both MARC and Labeled record display formats;
  • support for off-line viewing of MARC records;
  • support for a single connection;
  • saving of current, all, or a range of retrieved records to disk;
  • support for multiple client platforms, i.e., UNIX and Macintosh; and much more.
NetPAC is an implementation for Version 2 of the Z39.50 Protocol of the origin role for both the ISO 10163 Search and Retrieve application protocol and the ANSI Z39.50 Information Retrieval protocol, referred to as the Protocol. All features of Version 2 of the Protocol are supported.

Basic hardware and software requirements for NetPAC include a minimum 386/33Mhz processor with 4MB of RAM (memory); Microsoft WindowsT" 3.1; TCP/IP stack compliance with Windows Socket Library Version 1.1 or greater; and an established connection to the Internet.

NetPAC is a stand-alone product and can also be used with other Data Trek or other Z39.50 compliant library automation products.

See a preview of Data Trek's NetPAC at these upcoming conferences: American Library Association (Booth #1406) and the American Association of Law Libraries (Booth #504).

Data Trek, Inc. produces and manufactures three complete library automation software product lines: the Graphical Library Automation System (G.L.A.S.), a newly introduced, integrated, Windows-based library automation product line; the Manager Series"', a MARC compatible product line with over a decade of user refinement; and the Professional Series"', a completely integrated full MARC system, which strictly adheres to U.S. MARC and X12 standards. Modular in design, library professionals can tailor their system with Cataloging, Circulation, Serials, Acquisitions, Databridge, OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog), GoPAC (Graphical Online Public Access Catalog) and ImageLink modules.

Located in Carlsbad, Calif., Data Trek, Inc. also has 19 offices and affiliates worldwide to serve over 3,700 clients in all types of libraries.

For more information, contact Data Trek, Inc., 5838 Edison P1., Carlsbad, Calif., 92008-6596; telephone 800-876-5484 or 619-431-8400; fax 619-431-8448; e-mail; URL:

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Publication Year:1995
Type of Material:Press Release
Language English
Issue:June 16, 1995
Publisher:EOS International
Place of Publication:Carlsbad, CA
Company: EOS International
Data Trek, Inc.
Products: NetPAC
Subject: Z39.50
Record Number:6611
Last Update:2024-05-16 01:33:21
Date Created:0000-00-00 00:00:00