Senior Networked Engineer
Library of Congress
Senior Computing Analyst
The Search/Retrieve Web Service (SRW) is a protocol that combines many years of Z39.50 implementer experience with Web-service technology. Recognizing the importance of Z39.50 for business communication, SRW instead focuses on getting information to the user. It features both SOAP and URL-based access to accommodate a wide variety of possible clients, and defines the Common Query Language (CQL) providing a powerful, but intuitive means to formulate searches.
This session will provide an overview of SRW, including its history, status, and direction. In addition, implementor experience, toolkits, comparisons with similar protocols, and likely paths of evolution will be described.