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Re: Z39.50 vs. LDAP...

From: Simon Spero <ses@unc.edu>
Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2004 10:40:23 -0400
Message-Id: <00FB32B1-0B13-11D9-A725-000A95CFEB62@unc.edu>
Cc: www-zig@w3.org
To: Andrea Giuliano <a.giuliano@iccu.sbn.it>

On Sep 20, 2004, at 8:21 AM, Andrea Giuliano wrote:

> I was trying to explain the wonders of Z39.50 to a colleague of mine,
> who works as a system and network administrator here. Finally he said:
> "it sounds very much like LDAP".

There are some interesting similarities; both can be viewed as allowing 
remote searching of collections of metadata, in the same way that a 
catalog can sometimes be treated as a special kind of directory.

LDAP is somewhat less flexible than Z39.50, though with enough custom 
extensions it can be made roughly equivalent.

I believe Cliff Lynch wrote something comparing the two protocols back 
in 93?

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