St. Louis, Missouri, USA -- October 23, 1996: Data Research Associates, Inc. (DRA) today announced that the implementation of the INFOhio project had passed the milestones of 300 school buildings automated and in excess of one million records entered into the project's union catalog.
INFOhio, the Information Network for Ohio Schools, is a statewide library automation and multimedia resource-sharing project designed to help schools make a wide variety of educational resources available to students and teachers across the state of Ohio. The project encompasses 3,600 school buildings in 660 school districts, serving approximately 1.8 million students.
INFOhio selected the MultiLIS server, now part of the DRA Schools platform, as the backbone for this vast network in 1993. The network links Ohio schools to each other, to a statewide union catalog, to state resources and to the Internet.
"DRA has established a close partnership with the State of Ohio school library automation project, and they have provided state-of-the-art library systems and excellent staff dedication to assist the Ohio schools' migration toward 21st Century information handling," said Theresa Fredericka, Director of INFOhio. "DRA has provided a high-end library and information solution to Ohio schools via an affordable statewide computer networked approach that will allow each school to reach out to other schools within its district, to districts across the state, to state resources and even beyond in the years to come."
The DRA Schools platform is now installed in over 1,300 school buildings in more than 50 school districts in the U.S. and Canada.
DRA, headquartered in St. Louis, is a leading systems integrator for libraries and other information providers, offering its own proprietary information services software; third-party software and hardware; Internet, World Wide Web and other networking services; and other related support services. DRA is the sole library automation vendor currently a member of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), an industry consortium to develop Web standards and specifications. DRA's World Wide Web page is located at http://www.dra.com.