OBERHACHING, Germany, 2 February 2010. Swiss university libraries, the Swiss National Library and OCLC celebrated the official launch of SwissBib, a next-generation meta-catalog, at an event in Basel.
The project has been delivered exactly one year after the initial contract was signed with OCLC to develop the system. This brings to a close the opening phase of a development; providing quick, easy and comprehensive access to scientific information in Switzerland. Users now have the opportunity to research 14 million title records from 740 libraries via the simple and intuitive interface of the SwissBib beta-version.
The SwissBib project comprises three integrated components from OCLC:
- At the core of development is the CBS metadata management system, which handles the data preparation and processing of records from four different consortia: the Swiss National Library, the Library Network of German-speaking Switzerland (IDS), Library Network of Western Switzerland (RERO), and the Sistema Bibliotecario Ticinese (SBT).
- High performance searching and indexing is brought to the system by the use of FAST ESP (Enterprise Search Platform). FAST’s scalability guarantees quick hit results despite the huge volume of data involved.
- Finally, OCLC TouchPoint provides the intuitive and easy-to-use end-user interface for the project. Equipped with cutting-edge Web 2.0 user services, TouchPoint functionality ensures an engaging and rewarding user experience. Features like system autonomy, customization options, a multilingual interface, and multiple views provide the flexibility demanded of such a complex initiative.
Hannes Hug, head of the SwissBib project, explains: "After two years of project runtime and an intense year in 2009 of productive cooperation with OCLC, we are proud to present to the Swiss public SwissBib, our cross-library, easy-to-use search engine. The existing service provides a sound basis for reaching our goals in the field of multilingual subject indexing, and due to the modular architecture it is easily adaptable to future requirements."
Uwe Böttcher, OCLC’s SwissBib project leader, continues: "The technological basis – CBS as a data hub, FAST as a search engine and TouchPoint as the end user interface – proved to be the ideal platform for such a complex and ambitious service like SwissBib. The established framework guarantees the necessary power and flexibility to provide the Swiss academic landscape an attractive, upgradable, and long-term tool on basis of a modern web 2.0 technology."
SwissBib is implemented in partnership with the library network of Western Switzerland (RERO), the Library Network of German-speaking Switzerland (IDS), the Swiss National Library, the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries and the ETH-Bibliothek with the backing of the University Library of Basel. SwissBib is one of a number of projects within an over-arching program of innovation and cooperation by Swiss universities, known as E-lib-ch. It is funded by the Swiss University Conference.
E-Lib.ch is a project to build a nationwide Swiss electronic library. Its mission is to deliver a central national gateway with a single point of access for academic information provision and information research in Switzerland. The project will run for four years from 2008 and is funded by the Swiss University Conference (SUK/CUS).
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