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EBSCO Information Services | March 2015

EBSCO continues to enhance the value of metadata and the number of resources available via its open metadata and technology collaboration policy. The policy was originally announced in April 2014 and included metadata for more than 240 full text databases. As of March 2015, we have increased the number of resources covered to 260.

As a content provider, we want to work with all discovery vendors in a way that encourages and requires mutual sharing. Because all major discovery vendors are also ILS vendors, content providers, or both – there exists a logical "two-way street" and opportunity for collaboration on behalf of our mutual customers.

The details below represent the first phase in our metadata sharing policy. The policy addresses metadata sharing and technology collaboration including the integration of OPAC functionality in EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS). In phase one, we are providing metadata from databases representing more than 80% of the EBSCO database usage worldwide, as well as substantially improved linking for 100% for the full text articles in EBSCO databases. Phase one will also include reciprocal technology collaboration for the integration of eBook PDA with the ILS.

Following a successful implementation of phase one, we look forward to close involvement with the subject index provider community in partnership with NFAIS and/or NISO/ODI and/or some new organization formed by the subject index provider community to collectively determine the needs of the A&I providers and subsequent conformance/development checklists for the discovery service provider community that will enable us to open additional database metadata in a phase two offering.

The following is provided as a high level overview of EBSCO’s direction/policies on critical areas of mutual collaboration for EBSCO as a content provider relative to our partnerships/collaboration with other discovery vendors.

    I. EBSCO will be making available all metadata (and full text when contractually allowed) for more than 176 full-text databases, in exchange for integration/collaboration.

    II. For any vendors that establish a working partnership with EBSCO for the databases listed above, EBSCO will also make available the following:

      a.) Metadata (and full text when contractually allowed), for all e-books via EBSCO eBooks (which currently represents more than 550,000

      b.) EBSCO will include metadata (and full text when contractually allowed) for all of EBSCO's 85+ full-text historical digital archives.

      c.) EBSCO will develop and provide access to advance notice title change reports for all EBSCO full-text databases to prevent turmoil in the vendor’s link resolver products as changes take place in database full-text coverage.

      d.) EBSCO will provide support to ensure strong linking between a vendor's link resolver and the full text in EBSCOhost full-text databases.

      e.) EBSCO will also work to help simplify the subscription acquisitions workflow for mutual subscription customers. Where it makes sense, EBSCO will develop APIs to enable real-time integration of workflows for:
        1. Placing subscription orders
        2. Subscription order inquiries
        3. Transfer of cost data, including original and supplemental invoice details
        4. Transfer of coded license terms and conditions for publisher standard licenses (EBSCO codes licenses to the accepted ERMI license data elements for thousands of licenses)
        5. Processing Renewals
        6. Handling claims
    III. The only EBSCO research databases that are not yet included in the above policy are those resources that are built upon and subscribed to primarily for their subject indexing. EBSCO believes very strongly in the need for precision in search – a need that becomes even more paramount within discovery services that search such enormous quantities of material. A&I resources are developed with specialized components and remain our industry’s most sophisticated data sets, but as such, require intricate, refined search algorithms and approaches to properly leverage their value. At present, not all discovery services are designed to leverage the specialized components of these individual collections, and as a result, are likely to inadvertently de-value and subsequently harm library research were these to be included without proper guidelines. As approaches for discovery service development around A&I resources are more thoroughly documented (with the help of EBSCO and possibly other subject index providers) and subsequently addressed, EBSCO will re-visit its policy for sharing these unique databases with other discovery service vendors.