DUBLIN, Ohio, April 21, 1995--OCLC has released new versions of two products in the OCLC SiteSearch software group. Version 2.0 of the OCLC SiteSearch Z39.50 Server Package and Version 2.0 of the FirstSearch interface software enhance the ability of OCLC SiteSearch to offer libraries and other institutions a solid platform for building local information resources that work within the global information environment.
The OCLC SiteSearch software products combine a license for local use of OCLC's information retrieval software with the services that make local use practical, such as database loading, and technical support, training and consulting.
The OCLC SiteSearch Z39.50 Server Package Release 2.0 includes OCLC's Newton search engine, OCLC's Z39.50 server software and the administrative software needed to manage complex information systems. It brings increased robustness and efficiency through redesigned interprocess communications and improved multihost capabilities. A restructured operator interface makes it easier to manage user access to OCLC SiteSearch and speeds the creation and maintenance of databases in the OCLC SiteSearch environment.
Release 2.0 also provides enhanced Z39.50 features including an index scan capability compatible with the upcoming Z39.50 version 3, as well as full support for proximity operators through support of Z39.50 Type 101 queries. This release of the Z39.50 server software will serve as the foundation for OCLC's upcoming test of its WebZ software, an enhanced HTTP server that serves as a gateway between Web browsers and Z39.50 servers.
The 2.0 release of the FirstSearch user interface brings the full resources of OCLC's FirstSearch service to library patrons using the OCLC SiteSearch software. With the document ordering and interlibrary loan links to the FirstSearch service, library patrons using their local FirstSearch interface can obtain documents they find. Patrons will have access to this service within databases the library has mounted locally, as well as from the 54 databases offered through FirstSearch. Release 2.0 of the FirstSearch user interface also includes the enhanced support for printing currently available from the FirstSearch service.
The OCLC SiteSearch system provides retrieval software based on client/server architecture using the Z39.50 communications protocol--the same software used for OCLC's online products.
OCLC is a nonprofit computer library service and research organization whose computer network and services link more than 20,000 libraries in 61 countries and territories.