DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, Nov. 21, 2001: Endeavor Information Systems announced today that it has entered into a partnership with Openly Informatics, Inc., to provide enhanced access to resources through Endeavor's LinkFinderPlus comprehensive linking system. Endeavor will extend current capabilities on linking humanities resources by licensing software and a database from Openly Informatics, a leader in the development of hyperlinking solutions.
JournalSeek, a knowledge database that facilitates links to over 7,700 electronic journals in the sciences and humanities, and Link.Openly, a system for generating links from bibliographic citation data, will be integrated into LinkFinderPlus. This combination of data, software and XML linking formulas provides more flexible linking capabilities and an expanded network of linking targets, increasing access with less effort for libraries employing LinkFinderPlus.
Available in early 2002, LinkFinderPlus is Endeavor's solution to provide comprehensive linking for all of the library's resources, regardless of the software or information vendor. LinkFinderPlus is available as a standalone product to work with any library system and is also available as a module of ENCompass, Endeavor's system for managing, searching and linking collections. LinkFinderPlus is based on OpenURL, the emerging linking standard. LinkFinderPlus already includes over 5,000 titles in the Knowledge Database.
"Libraries are transforming themselves from physical libraries into electronic libraries and are very rapidly becoming aware that linking is part of their core mission," commented Dr. Eric Hellman, President of Openly Informatics. "We are excited to be working with Endeavor, a leading library automation vendor, because linking services need to be part of any basic integrated library system."
Hellman cited the evolution of linking from a solely publisher-based feature to a basic functionality that should be a mainstay for library automation vendor systems and libraries. "Over the years, we have worked to build a database of journal websites that can be accessed straight through to the journal homepage, the table of contents, and often, all the way to the article level," Hellman explained. "Librarians can use this knowledge to help their patrons get all the way to the information they need."
"While other linking systems force librarians to spend time loading the electronic sources and targets of information providers, Endeavor gives the library an entire collection of pre-populated resources in LinkFinderPlus. This is a definite advantage for libraries who want to hit the ground running with their linking system," said Nadeem Ghias, Director of Digital Library Development for Endeavor. "We are happy to be working with Openly Informatics. JournalSeek will enhance the already strong Knowledge Base of LinkFinderPlus, while Link.Openly will increase the available targets for linking."
By using open standards based on XML, Link.Openly enables the communication of information needed for linking to journals on the Internet. Visit http://www.openly.com/link.openly/ for more information on Link.Openly.
JournalSeek, developed by Openly Informatics, Inc. and its New Zealand based partner, Genamics, enables libraries to easily link to electronic publications from diverse publishers. Providing information such as journal, ISSN, e-ISSN, text description and hierarchical classification, JournalSeek covers publishers both large and small in the sciences and humanities. Visit http://www.openly.com/journalseek/ for a complete list of covered publishers and more information on JournalSeek.
LinkFinderPlus, available as a standalone product and also included in ENCompass, provides seamless access to all library information and relevant services across platforms, journals and publishers, including the latest abstracts, full text, links to internet search engines and links to review information.
With LinkFinderPlus, electronic resources like citation databases can be extended with dynamic metadata-based links to additional relevant resources. LinkFinderPlus accepts OpenURL information from any interface, and builds URLs to the appropriate information provider. It serves as a local resolver, ensuring the "best" copy (as determined by the library) is presented to researchers.
About Openly Informatics
Openly Informatics, Inc., is a leader in the development of hyperlinking solutions. The mission of Openly Informatics, Inc., is to help researchers, scholars, libraries, merchants and publishers make their information systems work together. Openly's primary activities are the development of software, systems and services that link people to information more efficiently and effectively. Visit http://www.openly.com/ for more information on Openly Informatics.
About Endeavor Information Systems
Endeavor Information Systems, based in Des Plaines, IL, was founded in September of 1994. Over 900 academic and research libraries of every size have chosen Endeavor's high performance systems for libraries. Endeavor offers a complete line of library solutions for traditional and digital collections. Visit Endeavor at http://www.endinfosys.com for more information about Voyager, ENCompass, LinkFinderPlus, or careers at Endeavor.