EBSCO Information Services Creates Open Policy for Data Sharing

~ EBSCO Outlines Policy for Metadata Sharing and Technology Collaboration Partnerships with Discovery Vendors ~

IPSWICH, Mass.April 18, 2014EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO), the leading provider of aggregated content resources for libraries, has released its new policy on metadata sharing and technology collaboration. EBSCO will make all metadata (and full text when contractually allowed) available for more than 120 full-text databases and 550,000+ e-books, as well as over 60 historical digital archives to third party discovery services. The policy outlines EBSCO’s commitment to exchanging metadata and integrating technologies with partner vendors to enable an enhanced discovery experience for mutual customers.

EBSCO’s new policy covers critical areas of mutual collaboration with other discovery vendors. In addition to the sharing of metadata (and full text where allowed), the policy includes EBSCO providing assistance with linking technology that has been requested by customers.

EBSCO Information Services Executive Vice President, Sam Brooks says: “We believe that by outlining our plan in an open way, we are encouraging greater partnerships and transparent goals for collaboration among ILS vendors, discovery providers and content providers. It’s been a long time coming for such an open policy, but we are excited to take this step, and we’re confident that our customers, and ultimately their end users, will benefit greatly.”

Just as libraries that use a third party discovery service will experience the benefit of inclusion of EBSCO content and linking technology, the working partnership calls for discovery vendors who are also ILS providers to enable patron catalog functionality within EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS). This will ensure that the desired user experience is achieved for customers who choose EDS as their front end. In the end, all customers win—those who have chosen EDS, as well as those who are using another discovery solution.

The full policy including partnership terms and policies and features is available at: www.ebscohost.com/metadata-sharing-policy.

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading provider of resources for libraries including EBSCONET®, EBSCO’s total e-resource management system, and EBSCOhost®, the world's premier for-fee online research service, including full-text databases, subject indexes, point-of-care medical reference, historical digital archives and e-books. EBSCO provides more than 375 research databases and more than 550,000 e-books plus subscription management services for more than 360,000 unique titles including more than 57,000 online titles. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals and magazines from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all researchers (Academic, Medical, K-12, Public Library, Corporate, Government, etc.). EBSCO is also the provider of EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS), which provides each institution with a fast, single search box for its entire collection, offering superior relevance ranking and greater customization than any other discovery service. For more information, visit the EBSCO Web site at: www.ebsco.com. EBSCO is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.


For more information, please contact:

Kathleen McEvoy
Vice President of Communications
(800) 653-2726 ext. 2594

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