BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, U.S.A., October 24, 2005 - EBSCO has successfully tested the ONIX for Serials Online Holdings (SOH) format for communicating detailed holdings information between systems.
Implementation of the standard, developed by the Joint Working Party of NISO and EDItEUR, will allow customers of EBSCO A-to-Z to use the title listing service as a knowledgebase for managing their online resources, including link resolvers, e-resource management systems and integrated library systems. This allows administrators to have a single knowledgebase for their online collection holdings (e.g., EBSCO's A-to-Z service), which will, in turn, update the knowledgebases for their other services.
"It is always nice to see when implementation of the standards we all work so hard to develop result in true customer benefit," said EBSCO's Chief Strategist of E-Resources Oliver Pesch. "Our tests prove that ONIX for Serials SOH format will greatly reduce the workload of libraries by virtually eliminating the need for redundant knowledgebase management. Customers can pick the best tools for the job."
EBSCO is currently working with Innovative (WebBridge and ERM) and ExLibris (SFX and Verde), and the test is being expanded to other ILS vendors. Release dates for the service have yet to be set.
EBSCO Information Services provides libraries and research centers with online and print journal subscription services, e-resource access and management services, full-text and secondary database development and access, an OpenURL-compliant link resolver, online book purchasing and related information services.
EBSCO maintains a title database of more than 300,000 title listings and upholds relationships with more than 78,000 publishers around the world.
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