Interlibrary Loan Application Standards Maintenance Agency
ILL Protocol Implementation Test Beds
Following is a list of the addresses for ILL protocol implementation test beds available for testing.
Each listing includes the address, port, and/or contact name. Details such as restrictions of access are included, as applicable.
Port 499 and port 1611 have been registered with IANA as well-known ports for the use of ILL Protocol messaging. Implementations conforming to the IPIG Profile using direct transfer over TCP SHALL listen on port 1611 and may also listen on port 499.
One-way messaging on Port 1611:
If connecting to port 1611, implementations conforming to the IPIG Profile SHALL send one or more ILL-APDUs. If "connected-to" on port 1611, implementations conforming to the IPIG Profile SHALL be able to receive any number of ILL-APDUs and SHALL NOT send any ILL-APDUs on the same connection.
Two-way messaging on Port 499:
If connecting to port 499, implementations conforming to the IPIG Profile SHALL send zero or more ILL-APDUs and SHALL be able to receive zero or more ILL-APDUs on the same connection. If "connected-to" on port 499, implementations conforming to the IPIG Profile SHALL be able to receive any number of ILL-APDUs.
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- Auto-Graphics, Inc.
- Site Name: AGent Advanced "Open System" ISO ILL
- System Id: A-G:DEMOV2:V2AG01
- IP Address: isoill.auto-graphics.com
- Ports Supported: 1611
- Contact: Ruth Castillo
- Phone: 909-569-1586
- Notes: Please contact Ruth Castillo prior to any testbed activity.
- British Library Test System
- Site Name: TEST ARTISO
- System Id: bl:BLTEST
- IP Address: testgate.bl.uk
- MIME Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ports Supported: 1611
- Contact: Brian Sherwood
This system has been built by Fretwell Downing Informatics (contact: Ed Davidson (email@example.com) ) Ensure that you can exchange all APDUs with them before starting interoperability testing with the BL.
For fuller details on testing your ISO ILL System with ARTISO, see the
The epixtech ISO/ILL Test Bed
Site Name: RSS
System Id: als:RSS
IP Address: rss.epixtech.com
MIME Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ports Supported: 1611 (simplex) & 499 (duplex)
Contact: Ken Victorson (K.Victorson@epixtech.com)
Server IP Address
The epixtech ILL server is in production and available for testing with your ILL server. epixtech welcomes all interested vendors and developers to test against their production ILL/ISO server. Their ILL server supports the entire life-cycle of an ILL transaction (excluding forward notification).
Before transmittng any ISO/ILL APDU's to epixtech's ILL server, please send the following information to Ken Victorson (K.Victorson@epixtech.com)
This information will be used to set up your ILL server properly on the epixtech production RSS/ILL server so protocol-based communication can begin.
Once epixtech has defined your ILL server, they will be prepared to begin exchanging APDU's with you.
Fretwell Downing Informatics
Contact Ed Davidson ( email@example.com) for information on interoperability testing with VDX.
Local Interlending and Document Delivery Administration System (LIDDAS)
Testbed access: liddas.slnsw.gov.au
Library and Archives Canada/Bibliothèque et Archives Canada
Site Name: NAVIS
System Id: nlc-bnc:OONL
IP Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
MIME Address: email@example.com
Contact: Eileen Lim (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Notes: Library and Archives Canada's system, NAVIS, supports only the responder role.
For fuller details on testing your ISO ILL System with NAVIS, see
Interoperability Testing with the National Library of Canada Canada (http://www.lac-bac.gc.ca/iso/ill/document/testing/nlc-interoptp.pdf).
- OCLC Test System
As of 22 November 1999, OCLC's Environment is available for ISO ILL interaction testing.
Domain Name: testenv.oclc.org
ILL Direct Request test system: 5771
Jim McDonald (email@example.com) or
Joanne Shoemaker (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Note: A valid OCLC authorization and password are required to logon to OCLC test system when using port 5771.
Here are the details concerning the authorization and password needed to access this system.
The first ILL-Request of a connection must contain an OCLC ILL Authorization number and password in the iLLRequestExtensions portion of the request. The external object for the authorization extension will be the AccessControlFormat-prompt-1 from Z39.50-1995. The OID for the object is 1.2.840.10003.8.1.
Based on the Z39.50 definition, encode the authorization number and password as shown below where
*one SEQUENCE is for the authorization number and the other is for the
password *type is userId(1) for the authorization number and password(2)
for the password *string contains the authorization number or password
The authorization number may be encoded with or without hyphens.
Testbed for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
Project for Automated Library Systems (MnSCU/PALS):
The PALS testbed is accessible either via e-mail or via tcp/ip on port 1611
IP Address: beowulf.pals.msus.edu:1611
E-mail Address: email@example.com
Contact: Alan Rykhus (firstname.lastname@example.org)
To use the PALS testbed, PALS requires the following information to preconfigure testing partners in the PALS ILL system:
PALS has a fully functional ILL module and can receive any of the
ISO/ILL APDUs. However, PALS has not implemented the forward service at this time.
The Research Libraries Group (RLG)
Contact Linda Driver
(Linda_Driver@notes.rlg.org) for information on access to the RLG Testbed.
The Library Corporation (TLC)
TLC has dedicated an unattended installation of the ISO ILL Application, Library•Request, for interoperability testing. All transactions at this site are for test purposes only.
This installation supports full exercising of the ISO ILL StateMachine.
For BER Encoded APDU's over TCP use:
IP Address: Library.Request.test.tlcdelivers.com port 1611
For MIME Encoded BER use:
IP Address: email@example.com
To register with this test site, send an ILLRequest with a valid APDUDeliveryInfo extension. You can send any valid APDU without our intervention. If you would like specific responses, or have any questions, please contact Ted Koppel: ( firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mark Wilson (email@example.com)
To submit new or revised announcements of ILL protocol implementation test beds available for testing, use the Data Entry Form for ILL Protocol Implementation Test Beds.
To prepare a Statement of Interoperability, use the proforma Statement of Interoperability
Instructions on the use of this proforma are available at
http://www.lac-bac.gc.ca/iso/ill/ipigprfl_si.htm for a record of the Statements of Interoperability submitted to the Maintenance Agency.
For more information on interoperability testing, consult ILL Protocol Implementation Interoperability Testing, guidelines prepared by the National Library of Canada for its 1992 interoperability testing programme.