September 7, 2004 - Middletown, CT - Helsinki University Library, The National Library of Finland, has selected YAZ Proxy to facilitate Z39.50 remote access to Linda, the University's 4.2 million record union catalog of Finnish university libraries based on Endeavor's Voyager system. After the proxy server has been implemented with Linda, the installation will be ported over to additional Voyager databases hosted by Finnish university libraries that use the Voyager library management system. As the co-coordinator of the university libraries' Linnea2 network, HUL will support other libraries in this process.
In addition to providing the SRW/SRU and XML support that is standard with YAZ Proxy, the contract also specifies additional features relevant to the Finnish Voyager libraries. For instance, the proxy will map MARC21-Fin to MARC21, to enable libraries to deliver bibliographic records in either MARC21 or MARC21-Fin, the national variant of MARC21.
"One reason for us to acquire the proxy was the implementation of the MetaLib portal application in all Finnish university libraries in September 2004," said Juha Hakala, Director of Information Technology at Helsinki University. "This will boost significantly the Z39.50 usage of the universities' Voyager-based OPAC databases and HUL's own national databases. Even a partial shift from the library system's own Web OPAC to a portal requires efficient and fault free Z39.50 functionality, both from our ILMS and our portal.
"With YAZ proxy, Z39.50 access to Voyager can be made more reliable and faster. Our own analysis, as well as the thorough scrutiny of the Voyager Z39.50 server in the Library of Congress, has revealed a number of problems in Voyager's Z39.50 server. In YAZ Proxy, most of these issues have been eliminated by trapping the problematic requests before they enter the Voyager Z39.50 server. Also some inherent limitations of the Voyager Z39.50 implementation, such as the maximum limit of 256 simultaneous sessions, have been bypassed."
Helsinki University Library has tested the YAZ Proxy and it has ran flawlessly with all the Z39.50 client applications the library uses, including MetaLib. The production use of the proxy will start shortly, and it will be extended to additional university library OPACs in the near future.
About YAZ Proxy
YAZ Proxy is an application built using the YAZ++ toolkit, the world's most advanced programming tool for building Z39.50 application services. It speeds Z39.50 access to library catalogs and other databases. Among the features it provides are:
- Load balancing
- Inactivity timers
- Enhanced initialization throughput
- Query and record caching
- MARC to MARCXML mapping
- Support for SRW and SRU requests from remote clients
- Delivery of any XML-based metadata through XSLT transformations
About Index Data
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