EBSCO Tests ONIX for Serials (SOH) Format; Adds Content from Publishers

Nov 01, 2005

EBSCO has successfully tested the ONIX for Serials Online Holdings (SOH) format for communicating detailed holdings information between systems. Implementation of the standard, developed by the Joint Working Party of NISO and EDItEUR, is intended to allow customers of EBSCO A-to-Z to use the title listing service as a knowledgebase for managing their online resources, including link resolvers, eresource management systems, and integrated library systems. This allows administrators to have a single knowledgebase for their online collection holdings, which will in turn, update the knowledge bases for their other services. EBSCO is currently working with Innovative (Web Bridge and ERM) and ExLibris (SFX and Verde), and the test is being expanded to other ILS vendors. Release dates for the service have yet to be set.

EBSCO has also announced that twelve publishers have recently signed agreements to add their content--collectively representing 61 titles--to EBSCOhost Electronic Journals Service Enhanced (EJS). The content for these journals is accessible at the article level. Further, the metadata is automatically included in EBSCO SmartLinks, which provides validated and rights-checked linking from citations in EBSCOhost databases to the full text found on EJS, in other EBSCOhost databases and ejournals from CrossRef-member publishers. This allows end users to conduct a single search of available resources. The publishers adding content are BC Decker, E-Med Ltd., eContent Management, Dialogue Foundation, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, IFIS Publishing, Palgrave Macmillan, The Berkeley Electronic Press, the American Podiatric Medical Association, the American Association on Mental Retardation, the American Public Health Association and the Pan American Health Organization.