NetLibrary, a division of OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc., and a platform for econtent to libraries worldwide, has announced an agreement with Taipei, Taiwan-based Airiti, Inc. to offer subscription service to three Chinese-language databases. The agreement will provide OCLC NetLibrary with rights to sell annual subscriptions to Airiti's Taiwan Electronic Periodical Services (TEPS), the Chinese Electronic Periodical Services (CEPS), and the National Palace Museum (NPM) Online Database.
The NPM Online database contains more than 12,000 images of Chinese antique art paintings, calligraphy, ceramics, jade, bronze, Buddhist antiquities and other artifacts from the National Palace Museum in Taipei. NPM Online provides high-resolution 1024x768 pixel images and includes artifact descriptions in multiple languages, including Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, and English. There are plans for Japanese versions as well. Airiti's Taiwan Electronic Periodical Services (TEPS) and Chinese Electronic Periodical Services (CEPS) database products will provide library users with direct access to more than 2,500 full-text Chinese-language journals. The Taiwan Electronic Periodical Services covers 81,000 articles published in Taiwanese academic journals, and the Chinese Electronic Periodical Services includes 338,000 full-text articles from journals published in China and in Taiwan. Spanning subject areas including medicine and life sciences, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and applied sciences, each service is updated daily with new academic journal content and includes archived issues dating to 1991.
The Taiwan Electronic Periodical Services, Chinese Electronic Periodical Services and NPM Online database are available to libraries as an annual subscription offering unlimited, simultaneous usage. Users will be able to link directly to the image database and periodical services from the NetLibrary user interface, and will be able to search, browse, and access content online.
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