DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, Aug. 4, 2003: Endeavor Information Systems demonstrated library software leadership today at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Annual Conference in Berlin, Germany with confirmation of the pre-release testing for the application of the Unicode™ Standard in the Voyager integrated library management system and the ENCompass system for managing, searching and linking collections. Commercial availability of the Voyager with Unicode™ release and ENCompass 3.5, the version that will integrate the Unicode Standard, is expected yet this year.
An Associate Member of the Unicode® Consortium (www.unicode.org), Endeavor first introduced Unicode capabilities in the 2000.1 release of its Voyager system with on-the-fly conversion of data in the MARC 880 field to the Unicode character set for display in WebVoyáge, the Voyager OPAC. Endeavor ensured solid use of the standard in the Voyager ILS by gathering a task force of Voyager libraries with extensive knowledge and experience of multilingual collections. This Endeavor task force ensured the Voyager workflows, data migration and implementation would match the needs of academic and research libraries around the globe.
The new release of Voyager allows libraries to convert bibliographic, holdings and authority records in Voyager to the Unicode™ UTF-8 standard and provides increased support for the input, display and searching of multilingual records. The standard, transparent and current implementations of the Unicode Standard ensure input and display of non-Roman characters is accurate and smooth for libraries.
The integration of the Unicode Standard expands the current Latin-1 support of ENCompass. In ENCompass 3.5 enables libraries to load, store and display non-Roman characters for local digital content in ENCompass. Metadata will be loaded and stored in UTF-8 and all data sent to web interface will be UTF-8 compliant.
"Endeavor continues to demonstrate a commitment to the advancement of the international capabilities of our software. Voyager is now 100 percent compliant to the Unicode standard for MARC authority, bibliographic and holdings records and 100 percent compliant to current Microsoft Windows™ standards. ENCompass is the most rapidly advancing digital library management system, so it's only natural to also include the value of the Unicode Standard in this robust software," said Verne Coppi, Endeavor Vice-President of Development. "Endeavor's progressive library customers rely on us to deliver advanced technology. As part of the no-cost upgrades to each of these releases, current Voyager and ENCompass customers also receive a complimentary upgrade to Oracle™ 9i, the most recent version available."
About Endeavor Information Systems
Endeavor Information Systems, based in Des Plaines, IL, USA was founded in September of 1994. A wholly owned subsidiary of Elsevier, Endeavor offers a complete line of library solutions for traditional and digital collections. Visit Endeavor at www.endinfosys.com for more information about Voyager, ENCompass or LinkFinderPlus.