SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MuseGlobal Inc., the federated search and content technology firm, is pleased to announce that the Aristotle University of Salonica, the second largest of the University of Greece institutions, has become the first user of MuseSearch in that country. MuseSearch technology is now in use in close to 30 countries worldwide, in a dozen languages and multiple character sets.
Aristotle University was looking for a way to offer their users a unique, simple and powerful interface for complex searches in a variety of external sources. These include Greek and foreign bibliographic data bases, electronic journals, e-books, and scientific databases as well as the library's own local catalog and institutional repository. Claudine Dervos, Head Librarian and Director of the Library of the Physics and Informatics Departments was one of many champions at Aristotle University driving the decision to incorporate federated search technology into their Horizon ILS-based system.
"With the proliferation of electronic resources, especially electronic journals, it has become very complicated for users to locate the items they need within the multitude of the electronic resources of the university," Dervos states. "The problem became even more intense since the University has access not only to its own resources but also to the 12,000 electronic journals available through the national consortium HEAL-Link. Federated search software became a must, absolutely critical to the user discovery process". The Hellenic Academic Libraries Link (HEAL-Link) comprises the 32 higher education institutions of Greece, the Academy of Athens and the National Library of Greece.
Aristotle University Library continues to be a pioneer in library technologies in the Greek academic community. Dervos recognizes that the effect of incorporating MuseGlobal technology has near and far-reaching results. "MuseSearch has proved to be an incredible tool not only for the users but also for the librarians of the University and their colleagues across Greece," she emphasizes. "It has proved as simple and easy to use with the Latin character set languages as it is with the Greek language. This was a major concern, and we are pleased that since implementation, many undiscovered local resources are now more visible and accessible to the users."
EliDOC Systems and Services is MuseGlobal's technology partner in Greece and Cyprus.
About MuseGlobal, Inc.
The mission of MuseGlobal ( www.museglobal.com ) is to optimize the productivity of information users and knowledge workers by enabling the discovery, integration, and delivery of information and services from disparate systems. MuseGlobal's breakthrough MuseSearch solution is based on the most advanced metasearch architecture and features the most sophisticated pre-, in-search, and post-processing capabilities available. Many leading information management software providers feature MuseSearch as underpinning technology for their products and services.
ELiDOC Systems and Services (http://www.ELiDOC.gr) was founded in 1989 to fill the void that existed in technical support and system design in the area of electronic documentation and information. With customers in universities, technological institutions, call centers, hospitals, and airports, among others, ELiDOC has the experience needed to develop complete solutions for libraries including records management, document handling and retrieval, online learning, and systems integration.