May 8, 2006 - West Hartford, CT -- The Taylor and Francis Group, a leading international publisher of scientific, technical and medical literature, has contracted with Index Data to provide a Z39.50/SRU/SRW-capable server for CRCnetBASE, Taylor and Francis' family of online STM reference databases, thereby making it easier for libraries to access this full text service via single search services and standards-based search clients.
Taylor and Francis is one of a growing number publishers that recognize the advantages of exposing online content using standard search protocols, and that are calling on Index Data to make it happen. "Federated Search represents a critical part of our overall product strategy," said Robert J. Morris, Director of Development at the Taylor and Francis Group, LLC. "Index Data's team has worked with us to design a custom solution that allows for search integration across our entire enterprise. This system represents a key component in our efforts to expand the volume and types of content contained within our electronic product offerings."
"We are delighted that Taylor and Francis is making it possible for researchers to easily access their online reference services by using open standards." said Sebastian Hammer, Index Data's CEO. "As more content providers support Z39.50 and SRU/SRW, implementation and maintenance costs for single search services drop, freeing up more funds for actual content."
Index Data provides standardized access to publishers' content in one of two ways:
By building a custom gateway that mediates between the publishers' server and remote clients, translating between standards-based information retrieval clients and the local content management system employed by the publisher.
By using Index Data's Zebra server, which indexes content to the publisher's specifications and serves it up via standard protocols. Zebra gives publishers maximum control and flexibility over search and retrieval capabilities.
About Index Data
Index Data has been developing standards-based information retrieval technology since 1994. Publishers, software vendors and libraries around the world use the company's technology and services to meet demanding and sophisticated information retrieval challenges.
About the Taylor and Francis Group
Taylor and Francis is a leading international publisher of numerous books and over 1000 journal titles in science, technology and medicine. Other imprints of the T&F Group include Garland Science, Routledge, and Psychology Press.