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GPO to migrate to PURLZ

Well this is good news to anyone who remembers the great GPO purl crash of ought-9. GPO just announced the contract for upgrading their permanent URL architecture, migrating to PURLZ. I hope they’ll build participation by depository libraries into their new architecture. It would be great to have a failsafe on non-.gov servers as well.

GPO is pleased to announce that a contract for upgrading the PURL Server architecture and hosting the new solution has been awarded to Zepheira. The new PURL architecture provides greater flexibility, new features, and the scalability to face an increased demand for PURLs. GPO is currently in the process of migrating to this new architecture (PURLS to PURLZ.)

This transition boasts many benefits, including:

* A more robust system architecture
* Immediate system back-up through synchronization
* Immediate system fail-over
* Enhanced statistical reporting
* Enhanced Web referral reporting
* Improved speed for resolution of redirects

The targeted date for the transition to this new architecture is summer 2010.

More information will be forthcoming at the Spring Depository Library Council Meeting in Buffalo, New York (April 26 – 28, 2010) and via the FDLP Desktop and fdlp-l.

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