Index Data is pleased to announce that Paratext, the developer and distributor of Reference Universe, 19th Century Masterfile and other online reference databases, is employing the services of Index Data to implement a standards-based information retrieval gateway, thereby making it easier and less expensive for libraries to access their content via single search strategies.
"One of our specialties is to build gateways between proprietary database servers and standards-based clients," said Sebastian Hammer, Index Data's CEO and CTO. "In a time when libraries everywhere are seeking to implement single search interfaces to multiple resources for their patrons, it is in the interests of content providers to make it an easy matter for metasearch software vendors to access their content, and ease of access is best achieved through standards such as Z39.50 and SRW."
Eric Calaluca, President and CEO of Paratext, adds, "As an electronic content provider we want to serve libraries in the best way possible. Investing to conform to information retrieval standards will make it easier and cheaper for libraries to access our services. Implementing a standard gateway to our products is a win-win for content providers, libraries and metasearch vendors."
Index Data has been employing metasearch technology since the mid 1990's, even before the term was being used. The company's metasearch service, Keystone Retriever, is among the most advanced in the industry. Index Data's business model is to distribute its software under an open source license, which gives its customers greater control over the software they use, while still preserving the option of ongoing maintenance.
Library software vendors as varied as Ex Libris, Fretwell-Downing, Geac, ISACSOFT, Koha and Polaris use Index Data's technology in the software they provide to libraries. And libraries around the world, including the Library of Congress and numerous national libraries in Europe, use the company's technology and services to meet demanding and sophisticated information retrieval challenges.
Index Data means business for open source and open standards. For more information, visit our web site at www.indexdata.com or call David Dorman, US Marketing Manager, at 860-389-1568.