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DATA RESEARCH ANNOUNCES PLAN TO PUT ALL CUSTOMERS ON TRANSPARENT ELECTRONIC NETWORK AND TO OFFER NETWORK SERVICE TO NON-CUSTOMERS

 DATA RESEARCH ANNOUNCES PLAN TO PUT ALL CUSTOMERS ON TRANSPARENT
 ELECTRONIC NETWORK AND TO OFFER NETWORK SERVICE TO NON-CUSTOMERS
 ST. LOUIS, Sept. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Data Research Associates Inc. (NASDAQ: DRAI) today announced the commencement of a marketing plan to link all of its 200+ installations electronically on Open DRANET, a resource-sharing network designed and maintained by Data Research. The plan also includes expansion of network access to libraries who are not currently Data Research customers.
 DRANET has been in existence since the early 1980s and currently has as members 26 Data Research customers. As part of the expansion, the network has been renamed "Open DRANET" to indicate that the network and its services are available to all libraries, regardless of whether they currently use the Data Research System as their automation system.
 Open DRANET's primary use thus far has been as a cataloging utility, providing member libraries with transparent network access to the LC MARC bibliographic and LC Authority databases; transparent searching by the members of each others' catalogs; and electronic mail capabilities to other members and to Data Research staff.
 Recent additions to the service have included transparent searching, via the Data Research public access module, of periodical indexes from Information Access Co. (IAC) and University Microfilms International (UMI). By providing such searches via Open DRANET, libraries can provide a common user interface to diverse databases (rather than using stand-alone workstations with different interfaces) and do not need to bear the costs of hardware, update and maintenance of locally mounted or stand-alone access.
 The IAC database selections include access to full text of article delivered directly to the computer screen. The UMI selections include an option of instantaneous FAX delivery of images of the entire cited article -- including photographs, illustrations and other graphics -- to the FAX machine of the user's choice.
 Today's announcement included a standard pricing structure that puts Open DRANET access within budgetary parameters of any size library. Basic service includes unlimited access to LC MARC bibliographic and LC Authority databases for cataloging; a program to prevent duplicate records from being sent to OCLC when both Open DRANET and OCLC are used as cataloging sources; ability to sign up with MIDNET so that the library has direct access to the Internet; and e-mail, bulletin board, routing and network management services from Data Research.
 "The networked information age is here today, and Open DRANET provides the best technology currently available for libraries to exploit networked information as a tool for expanding the information access they provide to their users," said Michael J. Mellinger, president and chief executive officer of Data Research.
 Mellinger added that Open DRANET is superior to any other form of electronic networking currently available to libraries because it is transparent, meaning that access to external databases requires no logins, passwords or other additional user or library intervention; because it is multi-protocol, thus providing access to information on other networks (such as Internet) without need for network protocol translations; and because it is fully integrated with the Data Research software, allowing off-the-shelf, general-release software modules to be used in querying remote databases.
 Data Research client software modules operating over Open DRANET can also support both the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) Z39.50 interoperability standard and the Z39.58 common command language standard.
 "In the near future, we anticipate the general release of modules for patron-invoked interlibrary loan, as well as tools for building local databases for sharing a library's unique resources with the rest of the information community," added Mellinger.
 "The library community has been talking about 'libraries without walls' for many years. Open DRANET is a concrete foundation for building such libraries," Mellinger continued.
 Data Research, headquartered in St. Louis, is a leading provider of library automation systems, electronic networking services and other related services for libraries. The Data Research System is adaptable for use in academic, public, school and special libraries ranging from single libraries to large multi-branch systems and consortia. Data Research currently has a customer base of more than 200 systems representing over 800 individual libraries in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.
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