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ISI's Electronic Library Project Now Operational

Magazine article Information Today

ISI's Electronic Library Project Now Operational

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The Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) announced in October that its Electronic Library Project is now operational. The first installation of the project, at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, was completed on schedule, and training of departmental staff at the university is ongoing.

The Electronic Library Project provides the tables of contents, bibliographic data, and abstracts for approximately 1,350 scholarly journals indexed in Current Contents/Life Sciences, with the addition of the full images of those journals for which publishers have agreed to allow electronic storage and delivery. It provides for seamless integration at the pilot site through a network-based client/server system that can be added to and coexist with the site's current local area network (LAN). ISI's Electronic Library Project is designed to test the economics involved, to weigh the need for security vs. access, and to measure and assess usability.

ISI will continue to adhere to an aggressive installation and testing schedule for its Electronic Library Project. This fall, four other North American pilot sites will be operational. Early in 1996, the Electronic Library will be installed at two sites in Europe and at an additional North American site. Testing at each site will last for approximately 18 months. During this period, usage statistics will be electronically collected, aggregated, and analyzed by ISI and shared with the participants on a quarterly basis. Each pilot will receive data that is exclusive to that site, along with aggregated user and journal reports. Each of the publisher participants will receive reports based directly on their journals but aggregated over all sites, and consolidated journal and end-user usage reports.

ISI is also working closely with the international publishers who provide the content on which ISI's Electronic Library Project is based. Starting in 1993, ISI met several times with representatives from many of these primary publishing organizations to discuss the development of an electronic library prototype. Response to these discussions was enthusiastic. ISI then sought permission for the right to electronically store and deliver subscriptions of the journals indexed in Current Contents/Life Sciences to the pilot sites as part of this corporate research and development initiative.

Concurrently, ISI vetted - and was vetted by - several organizations in North America and Europe in its search for pilot sites. In this initial selection process, ISI sought institutions that were located within a reasonable geographic proximity to ISI's Philadelphia headquarters or its U. …

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