SRU Approved as OASIS Standard

 

SRU (Search and Retrieve via URL) 2.0 has been approved as a standard by the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS). SRU is the web-based successor to Z39.50.

Functionality supported by SRU includes defining a standard query grammar for complex interoperable searching, the ability to specify the format of the documents returned and the mime-type of the response. SRU includes a capability to allow client software to query the server for functionality, include a complex description of the databases being searched.

OCLC Research has been actively involved in the development of an appropriate successor to Z39.50 for over a decade. This work, part of our Infrastructure and Standards Support theme, is summarized on the SRW/U activity page.

Work on SRU in OASIS began in June of 2007 and was progressed entirely by teleconference.

OASIS is a not-for-profit consortium that drives the development, convergence and adoption of open standards for the global information society. It was founded in 1993 as "SGML Open."

More Information

SRW/U – OCLC Research activity page
www.oclc.org/research/activities/srw.html

SRU: Search/Retrieval via URL – Standard Home Page
http://www.loc.gov/standards/sru/

OASIS – Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards
https://www.oasis-open.org/

For more information

Ralph LeVan
Senior Research Scientist
OCLC Research
levan@oclc.org
+1-614-764-6115

Robert C. Bolander
Senior Communications Officer
OCLC Research
bolander@oclc.org
+1-614-761-5207

 

Related links SRW/U – OCLC Research activity page

SRU: Search/Retrieval via URL – Standard Home Page

OASIS – Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards

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