Endeavor Information Systems and EBSCO Publishing have announced their collaboration to develop an advanced XML search gateway between EBSCO databases and Endeavor's ENCompass system for managing, searching, and linking collections. An XML driven substitute for the current Z39.50 mechanism for searching EBSCO resources, the EBSCO XML gateway is intended to provide better search and retrievalfunctionality for the federated searching of EBSCOhost databases, such as Business Source Premier. The new development is currently available with ENCompass release 3.5.
Federated searches of EBSCO content previously relied on the Z39.50 standard, which is progressively being replaced with XML search and retrieval technologies as users demand the available searching of non-MARC data such as journal databases. The reliable XML gateway search technology is designed for federated search and retrieval of non-MARC formatted information.
The vendor partners cooperated for this development to take advantage of available technologies that will result in better search and retrieval capabilities from the ENCompass federated searches of EBSCO databases. With results now returned in an XML response format, ENCompass and EBSCO library customers gain more control over the returned data and its display in ENCompass. Using XML and the Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) to send requests and receive responses, EBSCO databases will now return more well-defined and detailed search responses to the ENCompass system.
The ENCompass XML gateway to EBSCO uses EBSCO's OEMDirect XML Service, a Web services application that enables EBSCO partners to send search requests to and receive responses from EBSCO using XML technology. This development is one of the first uses of the SOAP protocol within the ENCompass system for wrapping and carrying requests and responses between ENCompass and other data providers.