Paris, France --The ISSN International Centre, based in Paris, France, has implemented a customized software system for enhanced data distribution to its registered users worldwide. This new distribution system was custom developed by VTLS Inc. and is based on an enhanced version of the OAI PMH protocol running against the Virtua system. The customized software is designed to provide more efficient and automated distribution of data from the global database of over 1.5 million records in the ISSN register, the most comprehensive and authoritative source for the identification of serial publications world-wide.
While Virtua, the VTLS flagship ILS system, already supported OAI-PMH harvesting, ISSN's data is available only to its members and customers, which required the implementation of an authentication model not addressed by the OAI protocol. The enhanced software allows the ISSN Centre to require user authentication, restrict harvesting to specific categories of records based on user profiles, and place limits on the number of records that can be harvested.
End-user options include the selection of data sets in addition to standard OAI-PMH options of scheduling and selection of date ranges.
"OAI-PMH was designed to enable open access to metadata, which poses problems for service organizations like ISSN that are not publicly accessible," noted Françoise Pelle, director of the ISSN International Centre."The addition of authentication and data distribution controls to standard OAI harvesting allows the Centre to control who can retrieve data as well as what types and how much."
The ISSN Center and VTLS have a long history of co-operative developments. This implementation is the latest of several custom projects VTLS has delivered to the International ISSN Centre since implementing the Virtua system in 2005. Previously, in 2009, ISSN implemented customized software for managing the complex set of requirements for ISSN-L.
"We are very happy that VTLS was willing and able to develop and deliver a modified version of the OAI-PMH protocol using a profiling system for our customers. Once the harvesting profile is set, authenticated users can download the data on their own without any staff intervention by ISSN. This increases the availability of the service and reduces the workload of our day-to-day operations. We appreciate the long partnership that the Centre has had with VTLS," said Pierre Godefroy, project manager at ISSN for this new service.
ISSN center worked closely with VTLS to define the requirements. "I was quite happy to have the opportunity to work again with the knowledgeable and professional staff at VTLS" said Godefroy.
The use of this new service is expected to grow significantly during 2011.
About ISSN International Centre The ISSN International Centre, headquartered in Paris, was created in 1976, following an agreement between UNESCO and the French government. The ISSN network consists of 87 National Centres and the International Centre. The main purpose of the Centre is to maintain, manage and promote the ISSN Register; to coach the National Centres in assigning and cataloging continuing resources and to create bibliographic records for continuing resources published in countries without a National Centre.
About VTLS Inc
VTLS Inc. www.vtls.com, a leading library automation company in business for over 25 years, provides visionary technology in library solutions to a diverse customer base of more than 900 libraries in over 32 countries. Virtua is our premier ILS solution with Chamo, the web OPAC, Chivas is our facet-based data discovery tool, Fastrac is our RFID technology, and we also provide cutting edge software and services for Digital Libraries with Digital Imaging and VITAL, our Repository Services solution. VTLS is one of the few ISO 9001:2008 quality certified companies within the library industry.