P. Vandrovec (email@example.com)
CTU, Computing and Information Centre, Department of Libraries
Zikova 4, 166 35 Praha 6
The project aimed at creating a system of the Electronic
Document Delivery Service (EDD) for CTU libraries users accessible a WWW
application accessible via Internet.
CTU libraries work aims at increasing the accessibility of
information sources independently on user's location. EDD can use the existing
computer network infrastructure to provide for the faster and cheaper access
All CTU libraries participate in the Virtual Polytechnic
Library (association of Czech technical libraries). This lead to incorporating
the digitalizing application used by VPL into the system so that the scanning
sites in CTU libraries can use the same software for both systems. The EDD
request format was modified accordingly.
User WWW interface was created in PHP programming language
with the interpreter running in Apache HTTP server on Linux server. Berkeley
DB2 library was used for database support. Documents are internally stored in
Portable Document Format (PDF) commonly used in the Internet. All the software
components and data formats selected are license fee free, which limits the
startup costs to the price of the server hardware.
The CTU libraries EDD provides information services for CTU
libraries, employees and students according to following principles. Every
user must be registered with the system to be allowed access. Users are
identified by their email address.
Using the WWW interface users can enter his or her request
for the document specifying the required quality of the copy and the desired
term of delivery. On accepting the request the system sends an email
notification to the scanning site.
Collected requests are handled by scanning sites at the
libraries to produce the demanded copies. In case of the absence of the
primary document the request is marked as unresolvable. After receiving the
response from the scanning site the system notifies the user via email.
The created copy or the negative response is accessible
to the user on the WWW interface. The user is allowed to print the copy on a
previously registered network printer. The system is able to print on printers
accessible via TCP/IP lpr protocol or via NCP.
In addition to printing the libraries (not end users) are
allowed to download the copy directly in PDF format to be able to redistribute
it to some cooperating EDD system.
The CTU Libraries EDD system was put into operation in the
middle of 2000. The pilot project run at CTU Libraries and the Central library
of Technical University of Ostrava proved the ability to successfully provide
fast inter-library delivery of documents. At the beginning of 2001 the system
became the part of standard library services.
The Electronic Document Delivery System is accessible at
the WWW address: https://edd.cvut.cz/.