St. Louis, Missouri, USA - October 9, 1995: Data Research Associates, Inc. (DRA) today announced that it had released Version 2.4-2 of its classic software product, the Data Research System, including support for the important new format integration changes to the MARC record. Because DRA's release of this version is in advance of the changes, DRA customers will have sufficient time to prepare prior to receiving actual records.
Format integration has been introduced by the Library of Congress to simplify cataloging and informational display for all types of materials. In addition to many other features, it offers a new 006 field in the MARC record, which describes material characteristics for supplementary pieces. DRA's support for format integration provides users with a menu from which the 006 field can be easily generated.
In addition to format integration capabilities, Version 2.4-2 provides DRA customers with a number of requested functionality enhancements.
Data Research Associates, 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.