[OPEN-ILS-GENERAL] opensrf as fed search target?

Galen Charlton gmcharlt at gmail.com
Mon Aug 24 18:00:43 EDT 2009


On Mon, Aug 24, 2009 at 4:10 PM, Melissa Belvadi<mbelvadi at upei.ca> wrote:
> Sorry for a dumb question, but is it appropriate to ask a federated search
> vendor to create a target connector for our EG 1.4 catalogue using OpenSRF
> instead of Z39.50?
> Or is OpenSRF only good for passing information about known items?

It would be possible in principle for a federated search vendor to
write an OpenSRF connector - as far as I know, all of Evergreen's
search functionality can be accessed via OpenSRF calls - but for basic
bib searching and guaranteed compatibility with future versions of
Evergreen, they're almost certainly better off using Z39.50.  If
they're looking for a lighter-weight protocol, they could go through
Evergreen's OpenSearch interface.

Is there something specific that the federated search vendor is trying
to do that would not be handled by Evergreen's default Z39.50 service?


Galen Charlton

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