Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II in Italy Chooses EBSCO Discovery Service™

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~ Comprehensive Collection of Metadata Key Factor in Decision to Implement EBSCO Discovery Service™~

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We felt that the metadata in EDS was simply bigger and stronger than other services that we evaluated.

Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II in Italy has selected EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) from EBSCO Publishing as its discovery tool. The library had been looking to increase the usage of electronic resources amoung researchers and students and they felt that EDS was the perfect fit by creating a unified index of their resources and providing a simplified but powerful search experience.

Roberto Delle Donne, Professor and Chair of CAB - Center for Libraries at Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II says they had looked at other discovery solutions but was particularly impressed with the breadth and depth of the EDS Base Index. “We felt that the metadata in EDS was simply bigger and stronger than other services that we evaluated. We are very pleased with the content in EDS and found that it always provides punctual and pertinent results even for bibliographic research.”

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 64,000 magazines & journals, approximately 825,000 CDs & DVDs, nearly six million books, more than 320 million newspaper articles, more than 400,000 conference proceedings and hundreds of thousands of additional information sources from various source-types.

Prof. Delle Donne says another important factor in their decision was the functionality of the EDS search experience. “The limiters and facets offered in EDS are a valuable search tool and help group results for an easier search experience.” The result list limiters and facets offered by EDS help to consolidate user refinement actions and a new checkbox design allows users to easily select multiple source types, clusters and content providers/databases.

Other platform features offered by EDS include “Breadbox” tracking which enables easy removal of all user refinements, including limiters and expanders, an “Available in Library” collection limiter as well as many customization features which Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II also hopes to take advantage of in the near future.

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.

About EBSCO Publishing
EBSCO Publishing is the producer of 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 eBooks. The company provides more than 350 databases and nearly 300,000 eBooks. 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 deeper indexing and more full-text searching of 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, or contact: information(at)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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