May 21, 2008. Blacksburg, VA. CARE Affiliates announced today that the Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN) has signed a contract for the use of OpenTranslators. The OpenTranslators product is a hosted software service that allows libraries to use the federated search interface of their choice, be it proprietary or open source, in order to access thousands of databases using SRU/SRW/Z39.50. The available databases include: licensed databases, free databases, catalogs, Z39.50, Telnet and proprietary databases. OPLIN is planning to use the OpenTranslators with their local installation of Index Data’s federated search software. CARE offers OpenTranslators in conjunction with its strategic partners, Index Data and Serials Solutions/WebFeat.
"Our new search tool will give all Ohioans easy access to the many databases purchased for their use". Said Stephen Hedges, Executive Director of OPLIN. "It will provide a simple, fast interface to trusted information sources. OpenTranslators is an essential component of this new system, allowing us to retrieve information from databases that do not provide built-in Z39.50 access."
"OPLIN has demonstrated vision in using this new technology to provide services to their users." Said Carl Grant, President of CARE. "This mixture of open source and proprietary technologies is providing a previously unavailable technology component and it shows a firm understanding that it is the total solution that matters to the OPLIN members."
"Serials Solutions is proud to provide OPLIN with federated search connectivity through the OpenTranslators partnership", says Jane Burke, General Manager of Serials Solutions.
The Ohio Public Library Information Network provides Internet connections and information services to Ohio's public libraries. Our mission is to ensure that all Ohio residents have fast, free public Internet access through Ohio's 251 independent local public libraries, as well as the use of high-quality research databases not freely available on the World Wide Web.
About CARE Affiliates, Inc.
CARE Affiliates provides services and products based on open source software to libraries and information centers around the world. These services include consulting, selection, packaging, integration, installation, support, hosting (SaaS), maintenance and continued development. Products include repositories, federated search tools, preservation and archiving solutions. CARE Affiliates is an international organization with offices in Chicago, Illinois, Blacksburg, Virginia and Toronto, Canada. Learn more about CARE at www.care-affiliates.com
About Index Data
Index Data is a consulting and software-development enterprise headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark with offices in the UK and United States. Index Data LLC, its United States subsidiary, is headquartered in West Hartford Connecticut with offices in Keene, New Hampshire and Winchester, Massachusetts. They are experts in information retrieval and management in a networked environment and have a thirteen-year history of releasing their software as open source.
WebFeat (U.S. patent #6,807,539, German patent # DE20121706U, Australian patent #WO0182117, Chinese patent #01811840.2) is the developer of the WebFeat and WebFeat Express: Search Solutions, used by over 16,500 leading public, academic, government and Global 1000 libraries and information centers including over a third of the largest 100 U.S. public libraries, 17 statewide library systems, and 2 out of every 10 Association of Research Libraries (ARL) institutions.
WebFeat offers next-generation federated search and e-resource management tools to meet the needs of any library. Products include: the WebFeat Express federated search solution, WebFeat Enterprise Edition for multi-library networks, WebFeat Custom API and SMART, WebFeat usage tracker;. WebFeat Menu Manager and WebFeat Proxy provide tools for access and management of e-resource collections. WebFeat has earned industry recognition from leading organizations such as Library Journal and the Gartner Group.
As of February 2008, WebFeat has merged with Serials Solutions. In the future, the strengths of WebFeat's and Serials Solutions' federated search services will be combined to create a single, market-leading tool for discovery that will provide libraries with superior power and efficiency in accessing their data pools. The immediate benefit of this effort includes combining the two company’s connector libraries into the largest library of database connectors available. As development proceeds, the Serials Solutions 360 and WebFeat services will continue to be supported, enhanced, and maintained. Learn more about WebFeat at www.webfeat.org
About Serials Solutions
Founded by a librarian for librarians in 2000, Serials Solutions is the global leader in e-resource access and management services (ERAMS) that serves more than 2,000 libraries of all sizes and types. Serials Solutions KnowledgeWorks, the authoritative e-resource knowledgebase, is the foundation for Serials Solutions 360, the only complete and integrated e-resource access and management solution. Serials Solutions also is the exclusive source for Ulrichsweb.com and Ulrich's Serials Analysis System worldwide, and represents the AquaBrowser Library unified discovery interface in the academic market in North America. The WebFeat federated search service recently acquired by ProQuest soon will be incorporated into the Serials Solutions family of access and discovery services.