Article Delivery Over Network Information System (ADONIS):
ADONIS is a consortium of biomedical journal publishers that supplies full-text journals on CD-ROM for document delivery purposes. ADONIS started as a two year trial project and supplied full-,text articles of 224 biomedical journals on C D -R O M to selected document delivery centres. Ten publishers and 12 libraries from Europe, USA, Mexico, Australia and Japan participated in the project, Libraries received bit-mapped page images of journal articles on CD-ROM along with cumulated indexes for searching the article. ADONIS also supplied two sets of software, one for image retrieval management and other for generating statistics of usage. ADONIS system provided on-screen page browsing as well as printing facilities. Libraries receiving the C D - R O M d i s k s searched the articles on their persona] computers (PC/AT) with compatiable CD -ROM drive and laser printer. The required article thus printed could be sent to the requester by mail or by fax. During the two-year trial period, 8 4 C D - R O M disks containing 200,000 articles from 224 biomedical journals published in l987uodl988were supplied to the libraries for DDS. The participating libraries periodically sent the usage details to ADONIS office. The libraries observed that searching, retrieval searching and photocopying procedures.