DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, Mar. 30, 2001: Endeavor Information Systems today announced the first commercial shipments of the ENCompass digital library management system. ENCompass was delivered today to three additional customer sites around the country. Already in place at three development partner sites, ENCompass now provides even more academic and research libraries around the world integrated access to their print, electronic and digital collections, including local and remote electronic databases and local digital collections.
Designed for unified access to the varied collections of any library, ENCompass empowers libraries to design master architectures of print, electronic and digital collections and provides users a single search across all formats with relevance ranked results sets. The only product of its kind on the market today, ENCompass provides the creation of metadata, organization of collections of metadata, and an overarching layer of navigation to assist researchers in discovering previously underused digital collections.
ENCompass continues to evolve with the assistance of three development partner sites: Cornell University, the Getty Research Institute and Kansas State University. Each site is unique, with private and public collections integrated into ENCompass at the institutions. Unmatched by any other product, ENCompass allows each institution to organize digital collections in manners that make sense to the resources and needs of each institution. Cross-institution collection development can also be a reality with the integration of Z39.50 in ENCompass. For staff, ENCompass provides a simple Windows-based drag and drop collection building feature with reduced data entry organizing digital collections. For navigation, ENCompass includes a powerful search engine that grasps all metadata forms, regardless of digital format.
Let's Talk about ENCompass
"Just as Voyager was the springboard into client-server technology, ENCompass is the launchpad for integrated access to all of a library's collections-digital or print," said Jane Burke, Endeavor's President and CEO. "In 1995, the early Voyager 3.0 sites worked diligently with Endeavor to bring out a change in the library automation marketplace. In the same way that the Voyager system set our customers on a technological path to greatness, ENCompass is opening doors for the integration of valuable research collections and greater resource discovery through an expanse of linking technologies."
"We are very jazzed to have the first commercial release of ENCompass available! In the time that we've developed ENCompass, libraries have learned they need an accessible solution to today's digital library silos," explained Cindy Miller, Endeavor's Director of Digital Library Development. "Libraries can have complete confidence in ENCompass: it is an excellent and elegant product, designed and implemented by a group of prestigious partner institutions, and created by Endeavor, a company with both a proven track record for information solutions and a vision to continue to provide access to information."
ENCompass applies new technology standards like XML, EAD and Dublin Core to organize and access electronic resources. ENCompass provides seamless searching across digital object collections while managing and controlling links for separate repositories. ENCompass ties together resources, creating a more effective research base.
About Endeavor Information Systems
Endeavor Information Systems, based in Des Plaines, IL, was founded in September of 1994. Over 800 academic and research libraries of every size have chosen Endeavor's Voyager integrated library management system. Endeavor offers a complete line of library solutions for traditional and digital collections. Visit Endeavor at http://www.endinfosys.com/ for more information about ENCompass, the high powered Voyager system, or Endeavor's Digital Library solutions.