Philadelphia, PA August 3, 2000 - Today ISI and Ex Libris announced plans to integrate the ISI Web of Science with Ex Libris SFX linking technology by late fall 2000. By combining the ISI Web-based Citation Databases and the context-sensitive reference linking technology from Ex Libris, mutual subscribers will have expanded options for linking resources and services, irrespective of where the resources are hosted.
Ehud A. Arad, President and CEO, Ex Libris Ltd. stated, "the objective in the development of the SFX technology was to achieve for the user the goal of seamless integration of heterogeneous resources, and to place the management of this in the hands of the librarian. SFX permits context-sensitive linking among all parts of an electronic collection, including full-text repositories; abstracting, indexing and citation databases; online catalogues; citations appearing in research articles; e-print systems; and other Web resources."
Librarian Manages Diverse Links
"SFX offers an independent means for the provision of seamless interconnectivity between these resources," continued Arad. "The librarian defines the conceptual relationships between diverse resources to allow the user to fully exploit the institution's collection and to link to appropriate services. The Web of Science is an important resource for researchers, and will effectively serve within the SFX framework both as a source for onward navigation and resource discovery as well as a target for SFX services delivered from other resources."
Leslie Singer, President and COO, ISI stated that, "this agreement with Ex Libris offers us the ability to respond to the requests from our library community. They have asked to expand the linkage mechanisms to include services that are library managed as to when linkage occurs and where content is accessed."
"The SFX solution," said Singer, "offers librarians the choice of accessing appropriate content from a range of information sources and a means to connect those in a manner of their choosing. This will give librarians the power to provide information solutions tailored to their respective organizations and deliver those solutions to the desktop. At ISI our mission is to continuously expand the reach of the Web of Science. Users can now link to scholarly full-text articles, patents, proceedings, chemical information and NCBI databases. By integrating Ex Libris' SFX technology, we have continued to enable our customers to navigate to all information sources they deem relevant."
Ex Libris is a leading worldwide developer of high performance applications for libraries and information centers. ALEPH, the Ex Libris integrated library solution, is now in over 530 installations in 41 countries. The newly formed Information Services Division will address the broader aspects of collection management, with its initial focus being the further development and deployment of the SFX context-sensitive reference linking solution acquired in February by Ex Libris from Ghent University in Belgium. Ex Libris is a multi-national company with offices located around the world. For more information access: www.sfxit.com.
The ISI Web of Science is a unique multidisciplinary database that provides Web access to current and retrospective journal literature. The database provides access to over a half century of the world's most important scholarly literature. It includes three multidisciplinary Citation Databases: Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index, and Arts & Humanities Citation Index, and it covers approximately 8,500 scholarly journals annually.
ISI is a Thomson Scientific Company. The company is part of The Thomson Corporation, a leading global e-information and solutions business with annual revenues of approximately US $6 billion. The Corporation's common shares are listed on the Toronto (TSE:TOC) and London stock exchanges. For more information about ISI, link to: www.isinet.com.