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WAIS over Z39.50-1988 (RFC1625)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000002460D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Document File: 6 page(s) / 14K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

M. St. Pierre: AUTHOR [+8]

Abstract

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:

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Network Working Group M. St. Pierre

Request for Comments: 1625 WAIS, Inc.

Category: Informational J. Fullton

CNIDR

K. Gamiel

CNIDR

J. Goldman

Thinking Machines Corp.

B. Kahle

WAIS, Inc.

J. Kunze

UC Berkeley

H. Morris

WAIS, Inc.

F. Schiettecatte

FS Consulting

June 1994

WAIS over Z39.50-1988

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. This memo

does not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of

this memo is unlimited.

1. Introduction

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<...