DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, Feb. 5, 2004: Endeavor Information Systems today announced the development of ENCompass for Journals OnSite (EJOS), an advanced system that provides a single point of access for the storage, searching and browsing of locally-held journal content from multiple publishers. A progressive step in Endeavor's vision for the digital library, EJOS gives libraries the ability to load and store electronic journal content from a variety of publishers, and empowers users with a single point of access for searching and browsing across journal content from diverse publishers.
EJOS supports local storage of full-text journal content from more than 20 diverse publishers and provides the unmatched searching and collection management capabilities from Endeavor's ENCompass system for managing, searching and linking collections. With EJOS, Endeavor takes another step into the creation of reliable and scalable, yet elegantly architected tools for digital asset management.
EJOS is the next generation system replacing the ScienceServer® platform currently in place at institutions and consortia representing hundreds of libraries worldwide.
The Ideal Solution for Local Journal Management
EJOS is the ideal solution for large institutions that would like to provide local hosting for large collections of commercial and local electronic journals. The system provides local control of licensed journal content, enabling large research institutions or consortia to create a permanent repository for the archiving and preservation of electronic journal content. Locally hosted journals provide security and confidentiality for certain institutions, as well as new opportunities for customization and integration that other methods of journal access do not allow or support.
Endeavor's EJOS includes several specific features to accommodate large scale and unique needs. By converting journal metadata from different publishers into a standard format, EJOS enables libraries to store all owned electronic journal content in one location, providing easy access for users. Full text is stored in the format provided by the publisher, typically as portable document formats (PDFs). To accommodate content from so many publishers, EJOS is designed to host terabytes of data; some existing ScienceServer customers are already hosting millions of journal articles, for example, and as its replacement, EJOS will be able to store that and more.
A Vital User-Focused Tool
EJOS features a newly designed user interface to provide an easy and fast end-user experience. Created with input from the Elsevier User Centered Design group, experts in the field of interface design, the new EJOS interface allows end-users to easily search across content from all licensed publishers. Equally important, end-users can browse through all licensed journal content from the journal title or category all the way down to the article level.
EJOS, available in 2004, also enables interaction with other library resources. "EJOS can be a pivotal structural element for institutions implementing a portal for digital library resources. By including local image collections via our local digital image management system, ENCompass for Digital Collections, and online A&I databases through our federated search tool, ENCompass for Resource Access, the library could provide a valuable digital asset management toolset for the ultimate end-user search and retrieval of information. Combined, Endeavor's digital systems are an unmatched set of tools for information management," said Sara Randall, Endeavor Director of Strategic Products.
"By integrating the advanced technologies of ENCompass and the proven storage solutions of ScienceServer, Endeavor has created a powerful system for the optimal use of e-journals," said J. Michael Visser, Endeavor EJOS Product Manager. "There are several combined strengths in EJOS. Built on the proven backbone of ScienceServer for data ingestion, EJOS stores journal metadata in Oracle for easy access and manipulation and indexes it for searching in FAST Data Search, an extremely sophisticated engine with sub second query response speeds. This backend, combined with an end-user focused interface, makes ENCompass for Journals OnSite a powerful tool for large research institutions with local hosting needs."
"Endeavor creates industrial-strength software tools for academic and research libraries and the institutions they support. With ENCompass for Journals OnSite, Endeavor opens a new door for research, providing end-users complete access to a wealth of published journal content through an accessible user interface backed by an incredibly reliable and scalable EJOS architecture," said Roland Dietz, Endeavor President and CEO.
About Endeavor Information Systems
Endeavor Information Systems, based in Des Plaines, IL, 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.