VALA2000 Session 9 Gatenby

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Internet, Interoperability and Standards – Filling the Gaps

VALA 2000 CONCURRENT SESSION 9: Interoperability
Thursday 17 February 2000, 14:00 – 14:30

Janifer Gatenby

European Product Manager, Geac Computers

VALA Peer Reviewed Paper

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With major changes in electronic communications, the main focus of standardisation in the library arena has moved from that of supporting efficiency to allowing library users to access external resources and allowing remote access to library resources. There is a new emphasis on interoperability at a deeper level among library systems and on a grander scale within the environment of electronic commerce. The potential of full inter-operability is examined along with its likely impact. Some of the gaps in current standards are examined, with a focus on information retrieval, together with the process for filling those gaps, the interoperation of standards and overlapping standards.