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UB libraries leverage XML

This article appears in the issue February 2005 [Volume 14, Issue 2]


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The University of Buffalo (UB) has deployed an XML-based library management system to manage its online library data.

With more than 2 million catalog pages to manage--including books, serials, electronic resources and other types of materials--the University of Buffalo libraries needed to manage an escalating amount of content. After looking at several possibilities, the University decided to develop a custom library catalog using TEXTML Server from IxiaSoft. By integrating the native XML database into its library catalog system, the University of Buffalo was able to leverage the XML standard and provide users with advanced searching capabilities, according to a recent news release from IxiaSoft.

"With the amount of information we have to manage and the variety of data types, we quickly realized that we needed a scalable and flexible document base," says Mark Ludwig, library systems manager at the university. "We selected TEXTML Server because of its native XML support and its flexible indexing engine, enabling us to efficiently manage content, even with various structures. Our experience has been positive, and we plan on developing additional library applications using this document base."

The University of Buffalo was founded in 1846 as a private medical college and merged with the State University of New York system in 1962. More than 27,000 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled there.


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