Processor Type : PIV or Higher
Processor Speed : 1.6 GHz or Higher
RAM : Minimum 512 MB (1 GB Recommended)
Free Hard Disk Space : 400 MB (Minimum)
Windows XP SP3 , Windows Vista , Windows 2003 Server, Windows 2008 Server
Standard Supported by SOUL Software
SOUL is state of the art library management software widely used across India and neighbouring countries. SOUL adheres to internationally acceptable standards like AACR-2, CCF, MARC 21 and ISO 2709. Adoption of Standards in SOUL makes user's database globally acceptable and interchangeable.
The Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (current edition is AACR 2) are designed for use in the construction of catalogues and other lists in general libraries of all sizes. The rules cover the description of, and the provision of access points for, all library materials commonly collected at the present time. Part I deals with the provision of information describing the item being catalogued, and Part II deals with the determination and establishment of headings (access points) under which the descriptive information is to be presented to catalogue users, and with the making of references to those headings. In both parts the rules proceed from the general to the specific. AACR is co-published by the American Library Association, the Canadian Library Association, and the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (UK) http://www.aacr2.org
Common Communication Format (CCF)
The Common Communication Format (CCF) was developed under the auspices of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in order to facilitate the exchange of bibliographic data between organizations. These had begun in earnest with the project known as UNISIST (Refers to UNESCO?s Intergovernmental Programme for Cooperation in Scientific and Technological Information) which involved cooperation between Unesco and ICSU-AB (the International Council of Scientific Unions Abstracting Board).The first edition of the format was published in 1984, second edition was published in 1988 and third edition was published in 1992. It has been developed as an ISO-2709 exchange format and has adapted the second revised edition of the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR) as a standard for data entering. Visit the following link and search for "CCF". http://unesdoc.unesco.org/ulis/
MARC 21(MAchine Readable Catalogue)
MARC 21 formats are standards for the representation and communication of bibliographic and related information in machine-readable form. The MARC 21 formats are maintained by the Library of Congress in consultation with various user communities. The development of the MARC 21 formats is an international effort with avenues for all MARC 21 users to substantially contribute to it. The Library of Congress and the Library and Archives Canada serve as the maintenance agency for the MARC 21 formats for bibliographic, authority, holdings, classification, and community information data for the MARC 21 user community. As part of that responsibility, the Library of Congress maintains the MARC Forum, an electronic discussion list for the formats (MARC@LOC.GOV) that provides a conduit for broad, open discussion of proposed changes and other issues for all interested users around the world. Along with individual MARC user input, the Library of Congress and the Library and Archives Canada hold open meetings for discussion of changes to the MARC 21 formats. http://www.loc.gov/marc/overview.html
The ISO 2709 computer format is the universal standard which is used in the library world for bibliographic records. ISO 2709 is a content-independent specification of fielded text for data exchange. Its primary advantage is that it is widely used by libraries, archives and visual resource collections worldwide. A large market of commercial software has developed capabilities to import and export data in this form. A secondary advantage is that the record structure is simple for humans to understand. Visit the following link and search for "ISO 2709" http://www.iso.org/iso/en/ISOOnline.frontpage
NISO Circulation Interchange Protocol
NCIP (NISO Circulation Interchange Protocol, also known as Z39.83) is a North American standard with implementations in the US, Canada, and many other countries around the world. NCIP services facilitate the automation of tasks, the exchange of data, the ability to provide information to library staff, and the empowerment of patrons. Each service is comprised of a request from an initiating application and a reply from a responding application. It is possible for a single software application to play both the initiation and responding roles, but typically there are at least two applications involved.
The original vision for NCIP identified three main application areas: Direct Consortial Borrowing (DCB), Circulation / Interlibrary Loan Interaction (C-ILL), and Self-Service Circulation. Over time, the NCIP Standing Committee (previously known as the NCIP Implementers Group) came to realize that the generic term “Resource Sharing” encompassed the workflows associated with both DCB and C-ILL.
In the context of Resource Sharing, the initiator is likely to be an application used by library staff to request an item from a remote system when the item is not available in the local system. NCIP services can be used to query the remote system to determine if the desired item is available and, if it is, ask the remote system to send the item.
For Self-Service, the initiator might be a self-service circulation terminal where users check out, and possibly check in, their own items. The terminal uses NCIP services exchanged with the Integrated Library System (ILS) to check items out to the patrons, provide details of the patron account, and allow patrons to perform other tasks like renewing items, placing holds, and even updating their own account information.
Because information about testing and implementation is important, the Standing Committee maintains an NCIP implementer registry that allows librarians to discover easily which initiators and responders have successfully worked together.http://www.ncip.info/index.html