Monday, June 06, 2011

How EBSCO and Wilson Databases Will Be Combined to Create “Super Databases”

EBSCO has shared a bit more info about the merger with H.W. Wilson that was announced last week. The chart below shows how the two sources will be combined to form a new, "super" database.

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Fast Facts About the Databases (from InfoDocket):

  • Concurrent Access Will Be Available As the Wilson Databases are Loaded on to EBSCOhost Until End of Each Library’s Subscription Period
  • The Loading of the Wilson Databases Has Begun and EBSCO’s Goal is To Have Them All Loaded By the End of 2011
  • The Super Databases are Expected to Debut in Spring 2012
  • Over Time Wilson Web Platform Will Be Phased Out
  • An Example of How Wilson Indexing Will Be Used With EBSCOhost

WilsonWeb keyword searches match against their controlled vocabularies and return results from “use for” terms. For example, a keyword search for “Burma” also returns results on “Myanmar” (the official name of the country), because “Myanmar” is a USE FOR term for “Burma”. This functionality is being added to EBSCOhost, not only for all Wilson databases, but also for all EBSCO-owned databases. The automatic searching of Use For’s and See Also’s will also be applied to EBSCO Discovery Service.

  • “New Unique Content?” Additional material that can be licensed and made accessible through one of the Super Databases.

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