ProQuest and OCLC have announced the launch of a data exchange program that will share metadata across OCLC’s Worldcat Local, ProQuest’s Summon service, and the full text of ProQuest Central and ebrary e-books, enriching discoverability for users of each of these services.
There is great hope that these rapidly maturing discovery products will not only promote information literacy strategies but also deliver what metasearch (or federated search) has failed to achieve—a Google-like interface that provides a fast, single point of entry to an institution’s relevant and vetted scholarly content. However, at the moment, even as libraries are struggling to reestablish themselves as a compelling place to start research, the three constituencies—libraries, content providers, and discovery service vendors—cannot even agree on a common vocabulary to describe what they do.
Serials Solutions, a unit of ProQuest LLC, and Elsevier are planning to index the full-text of SciVerse ScienceDirect content within the Summon web-scale discovery service, the companies announced today. Researchers will be able to search the full text of all ScienceDirect journal articles and ebooks via the Summon service. See also in LJ: Idea Contest [...]