Philadelphia, PA—Innovative Interfaces, the leader in information technology for libraries, showcased its comprehensive digital collections solution at the ALA Midwinter Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Innovative's offering of digital collections products presently include Electronic Resource Management, XML Server, MAP (Millennium Access Plus), and MetaSource. Together, these products are designed to better organize the library's electronic collections, creating a complete digital-library management strategy.
Electronic Resource Management, the only product of its kind in the industry, is a tool for digital resource integration and license management. Fully integrated with Millennium or available as a stand-alone system, Electronic Resource Management replaces the need for libraries to build separate databases, integrating the information with the Millennium system and enabling data to be conveniently accessed as needed. It effectively controls subscription and licensing information for licensed resources such as e-journals, Abstracting and Indexing (A&I) databases, and full-text databases. Electronic Resource Management is in alpha testing at the University of Washington and is scheduled for general release in 2003.
XML Server outputs catalog data in XML format. Whether the need is to create a database of journal holdings or to provide the library catalog's controlled authority vocabulary for an external database, Innovative's XML Server simplifies the process by offering XML output. The XML Server will open the quality and content of the library catalog to other uses and to other users that may not be familiar with MARC standards. General release is scheduled for 2003.
MAP is an integrated portal solution that manages access to information resources, guiding patrons and staff to Internet content quickly, while protecting the rights of the library and content providers. MAP is fully integrated with Millennium as well as a stand-alone product. It comprises three key modules: WebBridge, MetaFind, and Web Access Management.
WebBridge performs powerful, context-sensitive resource linking; MetaFind is a universal search interface that allows access to multiple resources with a single search; and Web Access Management supports remote-patron authentication that links patrons anywhere in the world directly to external Web servers and databases. All three components are in general release.
The robust features of the WebBridge continue to be enhanced. Users can link between WebBridge and OCLC's FirstSearch® services via OpenURL-compliant link servers (see separate release). The WebBridge management interface enables the library to load an XML-formatted file containing coverage information for key resources from an electronic serials list of commerical vendors. Innovative has successfully loaded coverage data from TDNet, a electronic journals services provider, whose database currently holds over 50,000 e-journal titles with table of contents records for ninety percent of the titles.
MetaSource provides libraries with the necessary tools to meet the challenge of digitizing, handling, and describing disparate collections. It includes tools for digital object storage, crawling external collections, and full support for metadata schemes such as Dublin Core. MetaSource is made up of three components: Millennium Media Management, XML Harvester, and Metadata Builder.
Millennium Media Management creates and stores media objects such as images, sound files, and audio files. It also includes a Copyright and Access component to handle the complex licensing and copyright issues of digital collections. The XML Harvester gathers XML records from any server; it then parses and creates records on the Innovative system. Metadata Builder stores XML in the metadata scheme of choice. Millennium Media Management is in general release; XML Harvester and Metadata Builder are scheduled for general release in 2003.
"I am very pleased with the unrivaled strength and functionality of our products. Innovative develops Web-based digital library management solutions for all types of libraries. They can either be integrated with the Millennium system or, in the case of MAP and Electronic Resource Management, can be used as stand-alone products," said Jerry Kline, Chairman and CEO at Innovative.