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Telematics for Libraries - Projects


Updated: 29 JUN 1998

Project Number and Title
2083 - European Initiative in Library and Information in Aerospace
Programme/Action line Call Topic(s) Start End Project Duration
in Months
FP 3/ III Theme 14 February 1994 January 1997
document access/delivery (electronic); image banks; SR/Z39.50; networking

blue bullet Additional information is available from the EURILIA web site . (

Access to and/or delivery of documents (Theme 14)
Project description
The overall objective of the EURILIA project was to enhance the Libraries R&D and education process in the aerospace sector. For this purpose a new service was established, based on a pan-European system for information access, retrieval, image browsing and document delivery. This, in turn, extended the access and availability of major aerospace collections.
It developed effective networking links between all EURILIA participants, using a current standard open telecommunications network infrastructure. These links have been used for direct access to the OPACs of significant aerospace collections, based on a standard user interface built on the ISO SR (Z39.50) standard. Document browsing and delivery is by conventional and electronic image format.
These links have been then used to evaluate the use of the network as a channel for the transmission of document requests and images. The software was developed to manage these procedures. Parallel with this process, a programme of systematic record access in combination with advanced information retrieval software was undertaken.
Technical approach
The project was structured into five workpackages:
  • Pre- and post project audits to determine the effect of EURILIA on its sector and evaluate its commercial aspects;
  • User application to investigate, specify and implement the core EURILIA network infrastructure and user software;
  • OPAC SR access to implement a standard SR access service and demonstrate it on two OPACs;
  • Image access developing the user application to provide remote image browsing to a prototype image service;
  • DDS access with development and demonstration of integrated conventional and Group IV fax image document delivery.
Information was disseminated via an Expert Advisory Group, workshops in each country and in seeking new associates for the network.
Key issues
  • network architecture;
  • the PC-based standard user application;
  • image access mail and fax group III and IV delivery;
  • commercial aspects (including copyright);
  • user requirements (pre and post project audits).
Impact and expected results
EURILIA demonstrated the feasibility of a multi-site, multi-country document delivery system, with standard user interface and image browsing features, in aerospace libraries. Such a system, by making aerospace related information more easily, more accurately and more extensively available, facilitated the research and education process in that sector. This in turn contributed significantly towards European competitiveness in this key industry.
Although the service has been developed for the aerospace industry, it will be applicable to other sectors.
Different pricing systems were tested in order to minimise cost and maximise benefit and viability of the service.
Regular workshops were organised during the project; a final workshop was held at the end of the project.

In the public domain are the following reports:

  • Report on the results and analysis of the pre-project audit, including an evaluation of commercial aspects;
  • Literature search
  • Commercial prospects
  • Report on the current developments in aerospace provision
  • Report on the post-project audit results, with a re-evaluation of commercial aspects;
  • Final report.
Documentation can be obtained from the contact below and from .


Name of Institution/Organisation Postal Code / City Country
University of Limerick
Title, First Name, Name Dr. John J. O'FLAHERTY Address:
Tel: +353-61 33 46 99 Fax: +353-61 33 03 16
E-mail 1: E-mail 2:

Other Partners

Name of Institution/Organisation Country Role
Cranfield University UK P
Technical University of Delft NL P
Digital Equipment NL P
Sup'Aero, ENSEA FR P
Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aerospacial ES P

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