EOS.Webs Z39.50 lets you create “union” or “virtual” catalogs by defining host sites and databases available to their staff (in EOS.Web Advanced Search) and/or to the public (in EOS.Web OPAC) using the Z39.50 Setup function.
EOS.Web OPAC users can select any combination of Z39.50 sites and perform a single search for materials at all of the selected sites. Users can do this without knowing the search syntax that is used by those other systems. Record retrievals display in a consolidated list with each separate database clearly identified.
Z39.50 has been adopted widely to provide access to many types of information, such as:
- Bibliographic Data
- National & International Government Information Resources
- Scientific and Technical Data
- Geospatial Data
- Digital Library Collections
- Museum Information
Z39.50 simplifies the search process for the end user. It enables a searcher to use the familiar interface of the local computer system to search local databases as well as remote databases that are Z39.50 compliant.