DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, Aug. 27, 2001: Endeavor Information Systems announced today the availability of ENCompass 1.1, the second release of the ENCompass digital management, searching and linking tool. First commercially released in March with version 1.0, ENCompass is the only fully integrated system for accessing the local library catalog, local and remote electronic databases, and digital collections with combined results sets and relevance feedback.
Selected by eight libraries in the United States and New Zealand, ENCompass is the comprehensive research solution for integrating information from a variety of metadata types, including Encoded Archival Description (EAD), Dublin Core (DC) or locally developed metadata types.
ENCompass 1.1 brings expanded options for researchers to navigate results sets, including visual representation of Endeavor's proven relevance ranking, a "jump" feature to allow researchers to move deeper into result sets, and simultaneous relevance ranking of all search sources, even Z39.50 databases.
The new release also moves forward Endeavor's integration of XML and XSL for displaying metadata and related holdings for individual records. "XML and XSL are new industry standards we're applying in the customization for the display of the records," explained Sara Randall, Endeavor's Digital Library Product Manager. "We will continue this integration in ENCompass 2.0, available this winter, with a Web interface that has an extensive use of XML and XSL for the display and customization of the user front end pages."
ENCompass For Non-Endeavor Libraries
ENCompass is always an option for libraries with other vendors' integrated library systems. "It is important for the general library world to not forget that ENCompass is an open system and also compatible with non-Voyager libraries. We've created a really original, intuitive product that can connect research between our pioneering Voyager libraries around the globe, plus libraries that have selected another ILS vendor," commented Randall. "Just imagine the possibilities for connecting similar collections from worldwide sites-there could be a real surge in the available research opportunities. The information is there, it just needs to be easily accessed, and ENCompass is the key for that."
About Endeavor Information Systems
Endeavor Information Systems, based in Des Plaines, IL, was founded in September of 1994. Over 850 academic and research libraries of every size have chosen Endeavor's high performance Voyager library system. Endeavor offers a complete line of library solutions for traditional and digital collections. Visit Endeavor at www.endinfosys.com for more information about ENCompass, or any of Endeavor's library products, including Voyager and LinkFinderPlus.