Database Publisher To Launch Comprehensive Metadata Resource
Seeking to give libraries and their patrons the ultimate launching pad for online research, EBSCO has announced its plan to create the Discovery Service, a library search engine.
In conjunction with its own databases, electronic journals from more than 400 publishers, and several other leading data publishing partners, Discovery will pre-index the metadata on books, news resources, video, music, periodicals, and even historical archives. Metadata will include information resources, such as titles, authors, copyrights, content overviews, and other information usually found in a library catalog. But whereas one library system's catalog will provide metadata about that system's holdings, Discovery can offer metadata about resources throughout the publishing and multimedia worlds.
Using EBSCO's technology and network of partners, Discovery will allow users to search its pre-indexed database and will offer immediate access to content to which it has rights. The company expects the service to be available later in 2009.
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