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DATA RESEARCH SIGNS LETTER OF INTENT TO ACQUIRE AUSTRALIAN LIBRARY AUTOMATION SYSTEM

 ST. LOUIS, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Data Research Associates Inc. (NASDAQ: DRAI) today announced that it had signed a letter of intent for the purchase of the Starlite Library Management System and certain related assets of Praxa Ltd. by Data Research International (Australasia) Pty., Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Data Research. Data Research intends to purchase the assets for an undisclosed cash amount. The purchase is subject to the execution of a definitive assets purchase agreement and other conditions.
 Praxa is headquartered in South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The Starlite Library Management System is installed in 38 libraries in Australia and Indonesia.
 "This proposed purchase reaffirms Data Research's commitment to expand our presence in Australia and to provide Australian libraries and their users with high-quality solutions for library automation and networked information access," said Michael J. Mellinger, chairman and chief executive officer of Data Research. "We are committed to supporting the Starlite's system, and we pledge to complement the high level of service Starlite's customers have received from Praxa with Data Research's own commitment to service and support."
 "This opportunity will ensure that our library customers have access to world-class technology, which will enable them to provide their users with superior service. We see Data Research as providing the best long-term result for our customers," said Graeme Thomson, Praxa's chairman and managing director.
 Data Research is a leading provider of library automation systems, electronic networking services and other related services for libraries and other information providers. Data Research is headquartered in St. Louis and its Australasia subsidiary is located in Kew, Victoria, Australia.
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 /CONTACT: Joe Bonwich of Data Research, 800-325-0888 or 314-432-1100/
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