WAIS over Z39.50-1988 (RFC1625)
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
M. St. Pierre: AUTHOR [+8]
The network publishing system, Wide Area Information Servers (WAIS), is designed to help users find information over a computer network. The principles guiding WAIS development are:
Network Working Group M. St. Pierre
Request for Comments: 1625 WAIS, Inc.
Category: Informational J. Fullton
Thinking Machines Corp.
WAIS over Z39.50-1988
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The network publishing system, Wide Area Information Servers (WAIS),
is designed to help users find information over a computer network.
The principles guiding WAIS development are:
1. A wide-area networked-based information system for searching,
browsing, and publishing.
2. Based on standards.
3. Easy to use.
4. Flexible and growth oriented.
From this basis, a large group of developers, publishers, standards
bodies, libraries, government agencies, schools, and users have been
helping further the WAIS system.
The WAIS software architecture has four main components: the client,
the server, the database, and the protocol. The WAIS client is a
user-interface program that sends requests for information to local
or remote servers. Clients are available for most popular desktop
environments. The WAIS server is a program that services client
requests, and is available on a variety of UNIX platforms. The
server generally runs on a machine containing one or more information
sources, or WAIS databases. The protocol, Z39.50-1988, is used to
connect WAIS clients and servers and is based on the 1988 Version of
the NISO Z39.50 Information Retrieval Service and Protocol Standard.
The goal of the WAIS network publishing system is to create an open
architecture of information clients and servers by using a standard
computer-to-computer protocol that enables clients to communicate
WAIS development began in October 198...