Blacksburg, VA - The membership of VIEWS has grown with the addition of Endeavor Information Systems as a founding member. VIEWS is an initiative by vendors and library service organizations for the enabling of web services between disparate applications used in libraries.
"We are very pleased to welcome Endeavor to our membership" said Carl Grant, Chairperson of VIEWS, "and we look forward to their contributions in helping VIEWS create new levels of interoperability between disparate applications serving the library and e-learning communities. We recognize that having the membership of VIEWS grow is important to the communities we serve and we look forward to using the expertise and efforts of new members in accelerating the work of the group."
"Endeavor has employed web services in developing our Voyager and ENCompass systems and we have considerable expertise in providing interoperability between our systems and those of other technology providers," said Verne Coppi, Endeavor Vice President of Development. "As a part of VIEWS, Endeavor will look forward to developing even more open solutions with our peers. Endeavor continues to support web services as the optimal architecture to develop over a networked infrastructure."
The work of the VIEWS group has already begun with the first meeting held July 22, 2004. Information from the meetings will be posted on the NISO (www.niso.org) website.
Dynix is the global leader in new-name sales of library management systems and has the largest installed customer base of any library technology vendor. As a committed advocate of the library community, Dynix serves academic, special, school, public, and consortium libraries in over 40 countries. Dynix has more than 100 professional librarians on staff and proven experience in software leadership. Since 1983, Dynix has provided customers visionary technology solutions that support the latest industry standards and offer intuitive functionality. For complete corporate information and a guide to Dynix products and services, visit www.dynix.com.
For more than ten years, Fretwell-Downing, Inc. (FD Inc.) has been a global leader in the evolution of digital libraries. Delivering unmatched service and flexibility, FD Inc. offers libraries a seamless choice of standards-based solutions. Building toward a solid vision of a "library without walls," FD Inc. boasts the unique ability to integrate with disparate electronic library systems, as well as creating and managing entirely new digital library systems. FD Inc. deliver solutions for resource sharing and document delivery, OpenURL deliver, web information portals for cross-domain search & retrieval.
About Index Data
Founded in 1994, Index Data is the world's leading developer of Z39.50-related programmers' toolkits and applications, and the only library software company offering an Open Source alternative for metasearch and content management services. The mission of Index Data is to lower the cost of high quality digital library services, and to empower librarians to assert control over the software needed to provide these services, through the development of open source software using open standards. Services range from courses and consultancy, to custom software development and turnkey solutions.
The mission of MuseGlobal (www.museglobal.com) is to optimize the productivity of information users and knowledge workers by enabling the discovery, integration, and delivery of information and services from disparate systems. MuseGlobal's breakthrough MuseSearch solution is based on the most advanced metasearch architecture and features the most sophisticated pre-, in-search, and post-processing capabilities available. Many leading information management software providers feature MuseSearch as underpinning technology for their products and services.
NISO, the National Information Standards Organization, a non-profit association accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), identifies, develops, maintains, and publishes technical standards to manage information in our changing and ever-more digital environment. NISO standards apply both traditional and new technologies to the full range of information-related needs, including retrieval, re-purposing, storage, metadata, and preservation. Founded in 1939, incorporated as a not-for-profit education association in 1983, and assuming its current name the following year, NISO draws its support from the communities it serves. The leaders of over 70 organizations in the fields of publishing, libraries, IT and media serve as its voting members. Hundreds of experts and practitioners serve on NISO committees and as officers of the association.
Founded in 1967, OCLC Online Computer Library Center is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world's information and reducing information costs. More than 45,000 libraries in 84 countries and territories around the world use OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend and preserve library materials.
About Endeavor Information Systems
Endeavor Information Systems, based in Des Plaines, IL, was founded in September of 1994. A wholly owned subsidiary of Elsevier, Endeavor offers a complete line of library solutions for traditional and digital collections. Visit Endeavor at www.endinfosys.com for more information about Endeavor Meridian, Voyager, ENCompass, or LinkFinderPlus.
About VTLS Inc.
VTLS Inc. (www.vtls.com) is a leading global company that creates and provides visionary technology in library solutions. We have three distinctive divisions that provide these solutions to a diverse customer base of more than 900 libraries in over 32 countries. Our VIRTUA division remains focused on ILS solutions, our VTRAX division focuses on RFID type technologies through our partnership with Tagsys and our Digital Asset Creation & Management division provides cutting edge software and services for Digital Libraries. VTLS is also one of the few ISO 9001 quality certified companies within the library industry.