Endeavor Information Systems has annouced the first general release of ENCompass for Journals OnSite (EJOS), its system for locally storing and providing a single point of access to electronic journal content from any publisher. EJOS allows libraries to locally load the full text journal content they license, and enable end users to search, browse, and view journal articles through one standard user interface.
Beta testing of EJOS was completed earlier this year with the Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI), a scientific research organization. The Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) recently installed EJOS at the University of Toronto (UT), where EJOS will support access to electronic journal content for OCUL's twenty member libraries as part of the cooperative Ontario Scholars Portal Project.
By supporting local loading and storage of licensed journal content, EJOS enables large research institutions and consortia to create permanent repositories of electronic journal content. The Ontario Council of University Libraries, for example, is using EJOS to store and provide access to thousands of journal titles from more than a dozen different publishers. Using the entitlements feature of EJOS, OCUL is able to restrict access among its member libraries to only those journals that each member licenses. To handle loading electronic journal content from potentially any publisher, EJOS supports a content loader architecture. Out-of-the box, EJOS supports loader programs for most major journal publishers. Customers can also write their own loader programs, and many have. For example, the initial OCUL EJOS implementation will include content from 14 publishers, including the American Chemical Society, American Psychological Association, Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Elsevier, Kluwer, Project MUSE, Springer, Wiley, Emerald, Blackwell, IEEE, Sage, and Berkeley Electronic Press.