VALA2000 Session 9 Beaumont

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ZAVIER – Wider than Libraries Deeper than the Web

VALA 2000 CONCURRENT SESSION 9: Interoperability
Thursday 17 February 2000, 15:10 – 15:40

Anne Beaumont

Application Support Co-ordinator, State Library of Victoria

VALA Peer Reviewed Paper

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“ZAVIER” stands for z39.50 Arts Victoria Interoperability Project. It was designed to demonstrate the feasibility of using z39.50 to search the databases of the major Victorian cultural organsiations – the National Gallery of Victoria, the Museum of Victoria, the State Library of Victoria, the Performing Arts Museum, Cinemedia and Public Records of Victoria. This proved technically feasible, but if success is measured by continuing life – this project would have to be considered a failure. This paper briefly outlines the project and suggests some reasons for its non-continuance.