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    December 17th, 2013LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    EBSCO Information Services and Cosmotron Partner to Enhance Library Discovery in Czech and Slovak Republic
    ~ Partnership to Expand Quality and Amount of Content Available For Cosmotron Users ~

    IPSWICH, Mass. — December 17, 2013 — A new partnership between EBSCO Information Services and Cosmotron, an ILS vendor serving the Czech and Slovak Republic, provides expanded services to mutual customers. A joint development will enable libraries to deliver valuable content from EBSCO Discovery Service™(EDS) to customers using the systems that are familiar to them.

    Providing access to EDS’s unified index will expand the quality and amount of content available for Cosmotron users. The partnership provides users with a solution that allows Cosmotron users to have access to the EDS search engine, leveraging the strong metadata and relevancy ranking system as well as other features and functionality of EDS.

    Cosmotron’s Director Nadežda Andrejčíková says the partnership will benefit all customers and provide a seamless user experience. “At Cosmotron we continually strive to work on innovating and improving our technologies and services. The integration of EBSCO Discovery Service will allow our users to also access sources directly through the ARL interface.”

    EBSCO Discovery Service creates a unified, customized index of an institution’s information resources, and an easy, yet powerful means ofaccessing all of that content from a single search box—searching made even more powerful because of the quality of metadata and depth and breadth of coverage.

    EBSCO Discovery Serviceis quickly becoming the discovery selection for many libraries (, and an obvious partner for content providers. Because the service builds on the foundation provided by the EBSCOhost® platform, libraries gain a full user experience for discovering their collections/OPAC—which is not typical in the discovery space. Further still, in the many universities and other libraries where EBSCOhost is the most-used platform for premium research, users are not asked to change their pathways or habits for searching. There’s simply more to discover on the familiar EBSCOhost platform, and the same can be said for library administrators who can leverage their previous work with EBSCOadmin™.

    About Cosmotron

    Cosmotron Company operates in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. They were the pioneers in implementing the Z39,50 protocol in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, which is currently widely used in libraries in both countries. Cosmotron develops and services its own management system called Advanced Rapid Library, which manages collections of all sizes. ARL is adjustable for the needs of institutions regarding registry of their collections including their related media or full-text documents. Over the years Cosmotron extended their offer and grew into a company that offers everything a library might need. Cosmotron was essential in building the National Union Catalog in the Czech Republic and was the first to introduce the use of RFID technology in libraries in both countries.

    About EBSCO Information Services

    EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading provider of resources for libraries including EBSCONET®, EBSCO’s total e-resource management system, and EBSCOhost®, the world's premier for-fee online research service, including full-text databases, subject indexes, point-of-care medical reference, historical digital archives and e-books. EBSCO provides more than 375 research databases and nearly 500,000 e-books plus subscription management services for more than 360,000 unique titles including more than 57,000 online titles. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals and magazines from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all researchers (Academic, Medical, K-12, Public Library, Corporate, Government, etc.). EBSCO is also the provider of EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS), which provides each institution with a fast, single search box for its entire collection, offering deeper indexing and more full-text searching of journals and magazines than any other discovery service. For more information, visit the EBSCO Web site at: EBSCO is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.


    For more information, please contact:

    Kathleen McEvoy
    Vice President of Communications
    (800) 653-2726 ext. 2594

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    December 17th, 2013LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Leiden (NL) / Boston (MA) – 17 December 2013

    Brill and Semantico are proud to announce BrillOnline Primary Sources – Brill’s new online platform for primary sources.

    Brill and Semantico are proud to announce the launch of BrillOnline Primary Sources. This new platform consists of thematic collections of unique materials such as rare books and documents from around the world. These essential research tools in the area of humanities and social sciences are an integrated part of Brill’s product portfolio.

    Primary Sources offers access to over six million high resolution scans of documents, research data, models, illustrative images and associated metadata in over 70 collections in 9 different subject areas. Scholars are offered access to Brill’s primary source collections in an attractive and easy to use online environment. Much care and effort has been spent to ensure that functionality and usability meet the high expectations from today's users.

    Semantico built the site using their latest technologies. Scolaris, the next generation integrated content platform, is engineered to manage the complexities of journals, reference works and dictionaries. Scolaris promotes discoverability by providing intelligent, full-text search powered by Solr and allows rich taxonomy support for faceted search and browse. Content is consumed through the Scolaris Reader, a powerful and flexible solution for viewing and annotating rights-managed PDF files.

    Dr Perry Moree, Executive Vice-President Finance and Operations at Brill said: “Brill’s Primary Source collections are designed with discoverability and user experience at the forefront. Using the latest technologies like Scolaris, means that search results are delivered at lightning speed in a logical and intuitive way giving customers the information they need quickly and accurately.”

    Richard Padley, Managing Director, Semantico commented: “We're excited to be working on another high profile Brill project and to be using Scolaris to power BrillOnline Primary Sources. Brill chose us because of the great work we've been doing for them since 2005."

    About Brill
    Founded in 1683 in Leiden, the Netherlands, Brill is a leading international academic publisher in 20 main subject areas, including Middle East and Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, History, Biblical and Religious Studies, Language & Linguistics, Biology, and International Law, among others. With offices in Leiden and Boston, Brill today publishes 200 journals and around 700 new books and reference works each year, available in both print and electronic form. Brill also markets a large number of primary source research collections and databases. The company’s key customers are academic and research institutions, libraries, and scholars. Brill is a publicly traded company and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam NV. For further information please visit

    Semantico is an innovative and market-leading digital publishing solutions company. To help publishers protect and grow the value of their content assets online, Semantico provides a range of services and technologies: consultancy, publishing platform design and build, ebook system development, digital marketing, access management, support and hosting.

    Semantico works with many of the world’s leading publishers and information providers including Oxford University Press, Nature Publishing Group, Springer and McGraw-Hill Professional to deliver scholarly journals, reference works and other academic and professional content across STM, HSS, professional and education sectors in the UK, Europe and the US.

    For more information about Brill visit

    Press contact: Albert Schoenmaker
    Tel: + 31 71 53 53 506

    For more information about Semantico visit

    Press contact: Clare Wratten
    Tel: +44 1273 358 219