Norway : BIBSYS

Author info

Institution/Company BIBSYS
Address Abels gt. 5
Post code NO-7491
City Trondheim
Country Norway
Telephone +4773592086
Name Mr. Roy Gundersen
Function Director

1. Mission statement:

BIBSYS mission is to develop and provide cost-efficient information services and databases to our partner libraries and their users. This includes to developing and maintaining shared computer systems, supporting tasks related to registration, retrieval, circulation, interlibrary loaning and document delivery.

2. Computer networks and Internet connectivity

a. In general HW, SW:

All BIBSYS services are available over the TCP/IP protocol. BIBSYS and our partner libraries are connected through the Norwegian academic network, UNINETT. The BIBSYS services are now gradually changing from Telnet protocol to HTTP protocol. For command line interface, Entire Web Viewer from Software AG can be used instead of Telnet. The BIBSYS staff are using a Citrix terminal server supporting both development applications and office applications.

3. Library automation

a. In general HW, SW:

The BIBSYS applications are mainly homegrown, using the ADABAS dbms and NATURAL programming language. The applications run on a HW setup consisting of IBM RS computers, Linux, and Sun Solaris. For new services a 3-tier architecture is used. The programming language Java is used for developing user-applications, and XML is used for exchanging of messages between different system components. A new automated storage for rinted material at the National Library of Norway has been in function since july 2003. BIBSYS has developed a communication protocol between the BIBSYS Library Automation System and the automated storage system.

4. Union catalogue

a. Software used:

The Library Database, i.e. the union catalogue for the BIBSYS libraries, is built on a NATURAL/ASABAS database backend and HTTP, as well as Z39.50 application frontends. The ONE-2 toolkit for Z39.50 is among the software components.

The graphic user interface includes enhanced services, e. g. integrated access to electronic journal titles, access to supplemental descriptions (abstracts, TOCs and pictures of covers for monographs) and enhanced linking between records. The Z39.50 service includes advanced functionality, e. g. holding records in XML, Dublin Core/RDF-formatted bibliographic records and the ôExplain liteö service developed within the ONE-2 project. The full Lappish character set is supported in a UNICODE based search interface.

5. Digital library

a. Based on your own production of digital documents:

The BIBSYS libraries are currently running projects for publishing of digital collections. BIBSYS are involved in these projects on different levels, e. g. managing metadata and databases.

c. Based on external sources:

BIBSYS libraries catalogue electronic journal and electronic books in the union catalogue, The Library Database. The majority of these electronic resources are licenced by one or more of the BIBSYS libraries. The majority of the bibliographic descriptions are imported directly from the suppliers. The journal locators (URLs) are normally not stored in the records, but are synthesized from supplier-specific syntax rules. The printed and electronic versions are kept as two distinct records, but are linked together. The ISSN database is used for verification purposes.

d. Important commercial web services accessible to your users:

BIBSYS hosts the SilverPlatter databases from Ovid. Today, 16 BIBSYS libraries use this service. It includes a search gateway, and the libraries have access to 37 different databases. BIBSYS X, the BIBSYS document ordering service, is integrated in this service.

7. Special web services

The BIBSYS image database system contains one database, the image database of the University of Trondheim with more than 32,000 images. The system is now available to other institutions. The database includes XML-encoded MARC metadata records with embedded image files. The software is built on the XML ddms Tamino from Software AG.

The BIBSYS Subject portal contains at present more than 4,000 records from all academic subject areas. A private subject hierarchy, mapped to DDC, is used for retrieval purposes. The record structure is non-MARC, with a DC-based matadata schema. The new abridged Norwegian version og of Dewey (DDK5) is integrated as one of the search possibilities in The BIBSYS Subject portal.

BIBSYS X, the BIBSYS document ordering service, has replaced the BIBSYS LINK. BIBSYS X is now implemented in PubMed, FirstSearch, Web of Knowledge and SAMBOK.

8. Electronic document delivery

My BIBSYS, a service for registered end-users (researchers, students etc.) was launched in 2002. In My BIBSYS, the users may track their loans, reservations and requests. My BIBSYS includes also an SDI-service. From November 2003, My BIBSYS allows users to renew their loans.

9. Research and technology development projects

A new search portal is under development. It will give access to a variety of information sources and will include extended services like user profile, a resource database and shared access management with Higher Education institutions and UNINETT. A test version of the new search portal was released in March 2004.

BIBSYS is involved in an external project, developing an image database system, called Trondheimsbilder. The aim is to establish a service for cross-searching several databases of images related to Trondheim. The user interface is based on a Web Service that uses the SRW-protocol, i.e. the new generation of the z39.50 protocol.

An OAI-server, providing data for The National Library of Norwayĺs project ĹCultural Heritage Ekofiskĺ, was made available in 2003.

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