Des Plaines, IL, September 19, 2006 -- Endeavor Information Systems (www.endinfosys.com), one of the leading worldwide providers of library management software, today announced that the University of Leeds has selected the company's Curator technology to serve as the central repository for the school's rich collection of multimedia teaching aids. Based on open technology standards, Curator is providing the university with a comprehensive solution for searching, creating and managing its digital resources.
"Centralizing control of all the university's teaching aids with Curator should result in more efficient management of these resources, and will substantially improve the accessibility of teaching aids without compromising existing access rights or licensing issues," said Tracey Stanley, head of E-Strategy and Development at the University of Leeds.
Previously, these multimedia teaching aids have been maintained in disparate collections by separate departments, often employing systems developed internally. A robust digital repository, Curator will enable more effective and efficient allocation of the teaching aids while also reducing the effort required to manage these resources.
Curator's wide-ranging support of metadata formats played a significant role in its selection. "The ability to create custom metadata formats was absolutely critical to our institution, as this functionality ensures that our existing collections, which employ both standard and custom metadata formats, can be easily migrated without any loss of functionally," continued Stanley.
The adoption of Curator by the University of Leeds also has long-ranging implications for U.K. higher education practices. The university is one of four British-based institutions partnering in the Management of Images in a Distributed Environment with Shared Services (MIDESS) project, funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) since June 2005. MIDESS is a two-year project dedicated to exploring the management of digitized content in an institutional and cross-institutional context through the development of a digital repository infrastructure.
Along with the University of Leeds, MIDESS currently involves the building of digital repositories at the University of Birmingham and the London School of Economics. These repositories will provide a sample set of platforms for examining both the issues related to and the validity of implementing full digital content management services for teaching aids. The fourth partner organization, University College London, is tasked with analyzing the copyright implications of the digital material.
MIDESS is also charged with exploring how the use and management of digital content can be integrated in a national context. As such, Leeds' deployment of Curator will be tracked and evaluated in detail, as one of the key objectives of the MIDESS trial is to provide real-world evidence of the benefits that a centralized digital repository offers.
"The University of Leeds required an advanced digital collection management system that not only satisfied internal needs, but also ensured the school's participation in the MIDESS project," said Gregor van Essen, Endeavor's director of Sales for Europe, Middle-East and Africa. "Curator's support of metadata formats, planned support for XML schema, and ability to coalesce and manage diverse digital images from disparate locations make it the ideal solution for the both the university and this critical higher education initiative."
About the University of Leeds
The University of Leeds is acclaimed world-wide for the quality of its teaching and research. One of the largest universities in the U.K., the university has played a leading part in the development of modern higher education over the past century. An emphasis on innovative research and investment in high-quality facilities and first-rate infrastructure means that no fewer than 35 departments are rated internationally or nationally 'excellent.'
Its size and international reputation enables the university to offer one of the widest ranges of academic courses in the U.K. During the current academic year over 32,241 students are attached to 700 different first-degree programmes and 474 postgraduate degree programmes. A further 32,062 men and women are enrolled on short courses with the university. Visit http://www.leeds.ac.uk/ for more information.
About Endeavor Information Systems
Endeavor Information Systems produces advanced library management systems for research and public librarians seeking to integrate ever-increasing electronic resources within their collections. Since 1994, Endeavor has pioneered library management systems by offering enhanced functionality coupled with intuitive interfaces that increase usability and efficiency. Its heritage of technological innovation and service to libraries as well as its significant financial strength as a wholly owned subsidiary of Elsevier combine to make Endeavor Information Systems an industry leader. Visit Endeavor at www.endinfosys.com for more information.
Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. Working in partnership with the global science and health communities, Elsevier's 7,000 employees in over 70 offices worldwide publish more than 2,000 journals and 1,900 new books per year, in addition to offering a suite of innovative electronic products, such as ScienceDirect (http://www.sciencedirect.com/), MD Consult (http://www.mdconsult.com/), Scopus (http://www.info.scopus.com/), bibliographic databases and online reference works.
Elsevier (http://www.elsevier.com/) is a global business headquartered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and has offices worldwide. Elsevier is part of Reed Elsevier Group plc (http://www.reedelsevier.com/), a world-leading publisher and information provider. Operating in the science and medical, legal, education and business-to-business sectors, Reed Elsevier provides high-quality and flexible information solutions to users, with increasing emphasis on the Internet as a means of delivery. Reed Elsevier's ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).