ingenta, the global research gateway, today announced several important agreements to link third party references to full text articles. ingenta will collaborate with Ex Libris on integrating ingenta's electronic journals service with Ex Libris's SFX context sensitive linking software. ingenta also signed an agreement with Cambridge Scientific Abstracts for links from its abstracting and indexing databases. The new linking agreements build on ingenta's existing relationships with SilverPlatter Information and numerous subscription agencies.
ingenta and ExLibris announced they intend to together implement the SFX framework of open linking. By adopting the OpenURL standard, ingenta's library customers who host an SFX server will now be able to access a wider range of resources and services. This includes allowing library customers additional points of access to their electronic journals subscriptions as well as the ability to control the appropriate copy of the article for their institution. It will also enable ingenta users to link, for example, from a record in an abstracting and indexing database to the electronic full text in ingenta - free to the desktop for subscribers or as a pay-per-view option for non-subscribers. It offers publishers more traffic from subscribers and potential pay-per-view customers.
"ingenta offers single-point access to high quality research content - over 11 million article citations and full text articles from 20,000 journals and publications," states Jenny Walker of the Ex Libris Information Services Division. "This extensive collection will become the point for both the delivery of local service links as well as a resource for other external links."
ingenta and Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA) have agreed to allow users of CSA's more than 70 bibliographic databases to link directly to full text articles in ingenta. These articles are available free for desktop delivery to subscribers and to non-subscribers for a fee.
"These arrangements strengthen ingenta's role as a technology and distribution platform for publishers, libraries and end users seeking rich research information," states Christine Lamb, ingenta's Vice President of Global Marketing. "Seamlessly linking different resources makes the most of the power of the Web."
ingenta is the global research gateway serving the online information needs of over 2 million visitors a month. It provides a free online search service of published content from reliable research sources not freely searchable elsewhere on the Web and is one of the UK's top 10 Web services. For publishers of professional and academic periodicals and journals, it provides a suite of services including data conversion; secure online hosting, subscription authentication, marketing and e-commerce services. As well as providing Web users with a broad based article search and delivery service through www.ingenta.com, ingenta also develops subject-focused e-communities, built in conjunction with societies and publishers.
In March 2000, ingenta merged with The UnCover Company and in March 2000, it was listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange. In June 2000, it acquired Publisher's Communication Group (PCG) and in October 2000, ingenta acquired Dynamic Diagrams, a provider of Web architecture, design, data conversion, hosting and software development services.
About Ex Libris
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 on SFX and for the OpenURL specification, link to www.sfxit.com.
About Cambridge Scientific Abstracts
CSA is a leading publisher of bibliographic databases and print journals used by more than 4,000 research institutions worldwide. Its award-winning Internet Database Service provides World Wide Web access to over 50 databases through its Web site (www.csa.com), covering major areas of scientific research including materials science, environmental sciences and pollution management, biological sciences, aquatic sciences and fisheries, biotechnology, engineering, computer science, sociology, and linguistics.