Seattle, WA – January 21, 2005. Serials Solutions, a business unit of ProQuest Information and Learning, announced today that the company is previewing significant new development projects in the e-resource discovery and management arenas: Clustering technology in Central Search and COUNTERcounter for resource management.
Vivisimo Clustering technology is being integrated in Serials Solutions' federated search engine, Central Search 2.0. Clustering dramatically enhances the discovery capabilities of federated searching by dynamically grouping results into subject categories that are clear, concise and unique. This enables patrons to more easily explore the result set, "drill down" to the most relevant results, and quickly access their desired content.
"The integration of Vivisimo Clustering technology with Central Search clearly marks the start of the next generation of federated searching," commented JR Jenkins, MLIS, Group Product Manager for Resource Discovery Products. "It is a powerful, yet easy-to-use technology, which greatly enhances the search and discovery capabilities of Central Search. Combined with our already outstanding features, we feel Central Search is breaking new ground in the goal of unprecedented access and use of the library collection."
Serials Solutions' COUNTERcounter initiative is at the forefront of the company's significant investments in helping libraries manage their e-resource collections. The new solution enables librarians to store and analyze COUNTER compliant statistics from multiple vendors and then combine that data with local cost and overlap data. COUNTERcounter will take full advantage of SUSHI, once that vendor statistics sharing protocol is finalized and available from content providers.
"COUNTERcounter provides librarians with unprecedented information when making collection development decisions," stated Mike Showalter, MLS, Group Product Manager for Resource Management Products. "This new information – integrated resource usage, overlap and cost-per-click – fundamentally alters the information asymmetry that previously characterized the acquisition cycle. It creates a new framework for acquisition decisions."
"The 'COUNTERcounter' initiative is made possible by Serials Solutions' industry-leading knowledgebase," added Steve McCracken, Serials Solutions' Vice President of Product Management and Marketing. "Full analysis and true cross-vendor comparisons are possible only with a comprehensive, authority-based system. This is part of our philosophy of moving beyond simply storing data to creating tools that convert data into actionable decision-making insights."
"I am extremely proud of the cutting edge development at Serials Solutions," said Jane Burke, Serials Solutions' General Manager. "These initiatives highlight our commitment to offer libraries complete solutions for today's electronic collections."
Demonstrations of both clustering and COUNTERcounter are available at Serials Solutions booth 1424 at ALA Midwinter.
About Serials Solutions
Serials Solutions, part of ProQuest Information and Learning, provides complete solutions for today's electronic collections. Founded by a librarian for librarians, Serials Solutions helps librarians and patrons find and use electronic content through its Access & Management Suite (AMS), Full MARC Records service for e-journals, Article Linker – Serials Solutions' comprehensive OpenURL link resolver, Central Search – a powerful federated search engine, and its newest product ERMS - a lifecycle manager for electronic subscriptions. For more information, please visit www.serialssolutions.com or call 1-866 SERIALS.
About ProQuest Information and Learning
ProQuest Information and Learning is a world leader in collecting, organizing, and publishing information worldwide for researchers, faculty, and students in libraries and schools. Known widely for its strength in business and economics, general reference, humanities, social sciences, and STM content, the company develops premium databases comprising periodicals, newspapers, dissertations, out-of-print books, and other scholarly information from more than 8,500 publishers worldwide. Users access the information through the ProQuest® Web-based online information system, Chadwyck-Healey electronic and microform resources, UMI microform and print reference products, eLibrary SIRS and Voyager Expanded Learning educational resources, and XanEdu online faculty and student resources. For more information about ProQuest Information and Learning, visit www.il.proquest.com.
ProQuest Information and Learning is a business unit of ProQuest Company, which was recently named one of the top 100 fastest growing technology companies in the United States by Business 2.0 and one of the 200 best small companies by Forbes Magazine.