DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, May 20, 2004: Endeavor Information Systems and EBSCO Publishing announced their recent collaboration to develop an advanced XML search gateway between EBSCO databases and Endeavor's ENCompass system for managing, searching and linking collections. An XML driven substitute for the current Z39.50 mechanism for searching EBSCO resources, the EBSCO XML gateway will provide better search and retrieval functionality for the federated searching of EBSCOhost databases, such as Business Source Premier. The new development is currently available with ENCompass release 3.5.
Federated searches of EBSCO content previously relied on the Z39.50 standard, which is progressively being replaced with XML search and retrieval technologies as users demand the available searching of non-MARC data such as journal databases. The reliable XML gateway search technology is designed for federated search and retrieval of non-MARC formatted information.
Advanced Technology Benefits End Users
The vendor partners cooperated for this forward-thinking development to take advantage of available technologies that will result in better search and retrieval capabilities from the ENCompass federated searches of EBSCO databases. With results now returned in an XML response format, ENCompass and EBSCO library customers gain more control over the returned data and its display in ENCompass. Using XML and the Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) to send requests and receive responses, EBSCO databases will now return more well-defined and detailed search responses to the ENCompass system.
The ENCompass XML gateway to EBSCO utilizes EBSCO's OEMDirect XML Service, a web services application that enables EBSCO partners to send search requests to and receive responses from EBSCO using XML technology. Significantly, this development is one of the first uses of the SOAP protocol within the ENCompass system for wrapping and carrying requests and responses between ENCompass and other data providers.
According to Michael Gorrell, EBSCO's Senior Vice-President, Chief Information Office, “EBSCO is pleased to be able to offer this web services technology to partners in the library community. Endeavor has done a nice job of implementing a solution that interacts with our SOAP-based search and retrieval interface. This is the way we expect systems from different vendors to work together in the future.”
“Endeavor continues to view XML and related technologies as an important cornerstone in our strategy for meeting the needs of our library customers and their end users. ENCompass was originally architected as a three-tiered multi-protocol search system and we continue to develop new functionality based on that proven approach,” said Verne Coppi, Endeavor Vice-President of Development. “For traditional resources, Z39.50 is an acceptable search format, but for the rich resources that users are demanding today, libraries need to be able to take advantage of more advanced search methodologies using XML-based technologies. Libraries benefit with more satisfied end-users when advanced technology vendors can partner to deliver the best services available.”
An end-to-end digital framework, ENCompass provides digital collection management, federated searching, and linking. ENCompass empowers academic and research libraries to ensure the most recent and most relevant results are presented to the user, eliminating the frustration of fragmented and underutilized digital and electronic resources. Enabling librarians to maximize library resources like no other system, ENCompass offers Z39.50, HTTP Search Engine, and XML gateway connections to search all kinds of information. An open system, ENCompass integrates with other institutional systems, such Blackboard and WebCT courseware software, to fully utilize the institution's digital resources.
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.
EBSCO Publishing, EBSCO Subscription Services and EBSCO Book Services form the EBSCO Information Services group. EBSCO is a worldwide leader in providing information access and management solutions through print and electronic journal subscription services, research database development and production, online access to approximately 150 databases and thousands of e-journals, and e-commerce book procurement. EBSCO has specialized products and services for academic, medical, government, public and school libraries as well as for corporations and other organizations. EBSCO maintains a comprehensive database of more than 282,000 serial titles and upholds active relationships with more than 60,000 publishers worldwide. 2004 marks EBSCO's 60th year of serving the library and business communities. For more information, visit www.ebsco.com.