Federated searching was not an effective option for our users when it was first adopted. We began to have success when we switched our federated search engine to EBSCOhost Integrated Search last year and now we have decided to upgrade to EBSCO Discovery Service, the next logical step to offer users even more access to our collection.
Ipswich, MA (Vocus) October 12, 2010
Ankara University, one of the largest universities in Turkey, has chosen EBSCO Discovery Service™ from EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO)—expanding on its successful use of EBSCOhost Integrated Search™ (EHIS) and bringing the latest technology to users.
Professor Dogan Atilgan, the library director of Ankara University, who is also a professor at the Department of Library and Information Sciences, says the university and its library are well-known for providing cutting edge resources to their users. “We are an institution that is always looking for the best options for our users and we introduce the latest technologies to promote our library resources in the most efficient way. EDS is designed to bring more of our collection to the user and supports users throughout their searches.”
An initial investment in federated search technology was not successful until Ankara University turned to EBSCO. “Federated searching was not an effective option for our users when it was first adopted. We began to have success when we switched our federated search engine to EBSCOhost Integrated Search last year and now we have decided to upgrade to EBSCO Discovery Service, the next logical step to offer users even more access to our collection.”
Atilgan says familiarity with EBSCOhost allows for an easy expansion of the services being offered from the library with minimal training for users and staff members. “Our researchers have already been using the EBSCOhost® platform for EHIS and EBSCOhost databases. Adding a discovery option to those recognizable resources allows us to create a single search system that makes the most of our library collection.”
Ankara University has chosen to implement the Complete Discovery Solution™ from EBSCO which includes not only EBSCO Discovery Service and EBSCOhost Integrated Search but also EBSCO A-to-Z® and LinkSource®. These four separate elements can work together in what is referred to as the Complete Discovery Solution adding access to resources that are unavailable through discovery plus an A to Z listing service and a link resolver to discovery.
EBSCO Discovery Service creates a unified, customized index of an institution’s information resources, and an easy, yet powerful means of accessing all of that content from a single search box—searching made even more powerful because of the quality of metadata and depth and breadth of coverage.
The Base Index for EBSCO Discovery Service forms the foundation upon which each EDS subscribing library builds out its custom collection. Beginning with the Base Index, each institution extends the reach of EDS by adding appropriate resources including its catalog, institutional repositories, EBSCOhost and other databases, and additional content sources to which it subscribes. It is this combination that allows a single, comprehensive, custom solution for discovering the value of any library’s collection.
The EDS Base Index is comprised of metadata from the world’s foremost information providers. At present, the EDS Base Index represents content from approximately 20,000 providers in addition to metadata from another 70,000 book publishers. Although constantly growing, today the EDS Base Index provides metadata for nearly 50,000 magazines & journals, approximately 825,000 CDs & DVDs, nearly six million books, more than 100 million newspaper articles, more than 20,000 conference proceedings and hundreds of thousands of additional information sources from various source-types.
About EBSCO Publishing
EBSCO Publishing is the world’s premier database aggregator, offering a suite of more than 300 full-text and secondary research databases. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals, magazines, books, monographs, reports and various other publication types from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all researchers (Academic, Medical, K-12, Public Library, Corporate, Government, etc.). The company’s product lines include proprietary databases such as Academic Search™, Business Source®, CINAHL®, DynaMed™, Literary Reference Center™, MasterFILE™, NoveList®, SocINDEX™ and SPORTDiscus™ as well as dozens of leading licensed databases such as ATLA Religion Database™, EconLit, Inspec®, MEDLINE®, MLA International Bibliography, The Philosopher’s Index™, PsycARTICLES® and PsycINFO®. Databases are powered by EBSCOhost®, the most-used for-fee electronic resource in libraries around the world. EBSCO is the provider of EBSCO Discovery Service™ a core collection of locally-indexed metadata creating a unified index of an institution’s resources within a single, customizable search point providing everything the researcher needs in one place—fast, simple access to the library’s full text content, deeper indexing and more full-text searching of more journals and magazines than any other discovery service (http://www.ebscohost.com/discovery). For more information, visit the EBSCO Publishing Web site at: http://www.ebscohost.com.
EBSCO Publishing is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.
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