A web environment, ZPORTAL pushes the concept of cross database searching further than ever before by offering ’one search’ access to internal and external resources, whilst also providing a choice of content delivery methods so taking the user from information discovery to content delivery within a single environment.
Rather than being tied into specific resources, ZPORTAL allows users the freedom to design the content of their portal to best suit their needs by including only the specific library catalogues, internal databases, intranet/internet web search engines, full-text databases and online services which best fit their requirements. By integrating access to external information sources alongside internal resources, libraries and information centres can increase the value of their collections.
For the user, ZPORTAL provides a personalised, reliable place to begin information discovery or research. Users can see information retrieved from websites, e-journals and library catalogues side by side in a single list, enabling the most useful information to be targeted quickly and effectively. ZPORTAL takes users beyond just references by presenting users with a choice of content delivery methods which include open URL linking to link direct to e-journal subscriptions and ILL/document delivery for physical item delivery.
As a result, ZPORTAL can manage access to both physical and electronic delivery options within a single, seamless environment for the user. FDI’s portal solution uses the latest open, standards-based, architecture to enable information centres to provide the solution that best suits the needs of the user. With a choice of data publishing tools, ZPORTAL offers the freedom to integrate access to the most important and appropriate resources - irrespective of format or location.
The new portal solution acts as a one-stop shop for users, taking them from the initial need for information through to its delivery without having to use several different tools and applications. This means that the frustration which often results from lengthy search processes can be reduced, whilst efficiency is increased. "Information seekers often go straight to the web to begin to search for what they want," says Robin Murray, managing director, FDI.
"But, with so much information available today, identifying the most reliable and useful sources can be difficult. With ZPORTAL, users have the benefit of searching relevant internal and web based sources that have been selected for them and they can plug straight into a range of content delivery options." "ZPORTAL has opened a new, more direct, route through the information jungle and can save users precious time," adds Murray. "It is the first step in a new era of information discovery and delivery."