Partnership Between EBSCO Information Services and Bielefeld University Will Make BASE Database Searchable in EBSCO Discovery Service™

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70 Million German Documents from BASE Now Accessible to EDS Researchers

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By integrating the BASE data services in EDS, the content provided by the world wide repository community becomes even more visible in hundreds of academic libraries.

A new partnership between EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and Bielefeld University in Germany will make more than 80 million documents from over 3,800 sources searchable via EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) as a result of . The agreement enables Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE), a multidisciplinary database operated by Bielefeld University Library, to be indexed in EDS.

BASE is one of the world's most voluminous search engines especially for academic open access web resources. BASE collects, normalizes, and indexes data from repository servers that use the "Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting" for providing their contents.

Bielefeld University Library is part of a growing list of publishers and other content partners that are taking part in EDS to bring more visibility to their content. With full catalogue integration, EDS provides seamless access and full-text searching for mutual customers, promoting better access to this unique collection. By integrating the BASE data services in EDS, the content provided by the world wide repository community becomes even more visible in hundreds of academic libraries.

EBSCO Discovery Service is quickly becoming the discovery selection for many libraries (, and an obvious partner for content providers. Because the service builds on the foundation provided by the EBSCOhost® platform, libraries gain a full user experience for discovering their collections/OPAC—which is not typical in the discovery space. Further still, in the many universities and other libraries where EBSCOhost is the most-used platform for premium research, users are not asked to change their pathways or habits for searching. There’s simply more to discover on the familiar EBSCOhost platform, and the same can be said for library administrators who can leverage their previous work with EBSCOadmin™.

About Bielefeld University Library
Bielefeld University Library is one of the most innovative university libraries in Germany, leading both in terms of user satisfaction and on account of its pioneering role in the fields of Open Access, research data management, digital research services, and search engine technologies. Among ongoing projects and networking activities, prominent contributions to the international repository based research infrastructures are the Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE) as well as the participation in EC-funded projects OpenAIREplus and EuropeanaCloud. Bielefeld University Library has contributed to leading national and international initiatives by participating in guideline development for digital research repository networks (COAR, DRIVER/OpenAIRE, DINI), usage data federations (Knowledge Exchange), data metrics (RDA/WDS Data Publishing IG), Research Core Dataset for Germany and the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI). Bielefeld University Library contributes to international open source collaborations, including LibreCat/Catmandu.

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 8,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customization. EBSCO is also the preeminent provider of online research content for libraries, including hundreds of research databases, historical archives, point-of-care medical reference, and corporate learning tools serving millions of end users at tens of thousands of institutions. EBSCO is the leading provider of electronic journals & books for libraries, with subscription management for more than 360,000 serials, including more than 57,000 e-journals, as well as online access to more than 700,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., a family owned company since 1944.

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