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Weekly News Digest

August 11, 2011 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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EBSCO Discovery Service Reachable via Innovative Interface’s Encore

Mutual customers of the Encore Synergy discovery feature from Innovative Interfaces and EBSCO Publishing’s EBSCO Discovery Service will have an API from Innovative to improve accessibility and usability for customers requesting various ports of entry into EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) and EBSCO Publishing. The two companies are working to develop improved access into these resources via Innovative’s Encore discovery platform. The result of the partnership is a smarter experience for mutual customers and library users who begin their search from Encore. EDS will be available via a dedicated API with enhanced functionality.

Executive vice president of technology and chief information officer for EBSCO Publishing, Michael Gorrell, says a dedicated API allows users accessing EDS through the Encore platform access to the valuable resources available in EBSCO Discovery Service. “EDS has quickly become the discovery service for hundreds of universities around the world. EDS provides a full-featured experience for end users. In other words, we have brought together a comprehensive index and a single search approach, but we also offer a true academic and powerful environment in order to facilitate a comprehensive discovery experience. As much as we’ve invested into our native user interface, we also must accommodate the users who may start their research on a partner platform such as Encore.”

This most recent announcement builds on a long-standing relationship between Innovative and EBSCO in which the two companies continue to explore areas where collaboration would benefit libraries. Encore Synergy’s Services Oriented Architecture seamlessly integrates discovery services like EDS into the user experience without the limitations and trade-offs of ‘one size fits all’ systems.

Source: EBSCO Publishing

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