The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has announced the development and hosting of new Persistent URL (PURL) architecture by Zepheira. GPO’s PURL service provides persistent Web addresses for critical government documents and is primarily used by the more than 1,200 Federal Depository Libraries. GPO PURLs are open to members of the public.
GPO’s public announcement listed several benefits of the contract to Zepheira, including upgrading the GPO PURL server to the PURLz software developed by Zepheira in conjunction with the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) in 2008. PURLz is Open Source Software and managed by Zepheira in an open community environment.
The upgraded PURL infrastructure is expected to move into production use during Summer 2010.