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Ovid Technologies Web Service Increases Database Access in Europe and the U.K

Magazine article Information Today

Ovid Technologies Web Service Increases Database Access in Europe and the U.K

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A new, subscription-based service was recently launched in Europe and the U.K. by Ovid Technologies and SARA (Stichting Academisch Reken-centrum Amsterdam). It has reduced the complex process of managing and accessing electronic information to a simple action--pointing a Web browser to a remote Ovid Server, according to Ovid.

Capitalizing on the flexibility, simplicity, and increasing popularity of the Internet, the new service provides libraries with an affordable, low-maintenance alternative to local database searching. For a flat annual subscription fee, users can connect to an Ovid Server maintained in the Netherlands, access Ovid's bibliographic and full-text databases, and search them with the Ovid software.

"Subscribing to databases over the Internet is a great option to have available," said Mark Nelson, Ovid Technologies' president and founder. "Institutions can pick and choose which Ovid databases to mount locally, and 'which to access remotely--all according to their unique information needs and budgets"

To date, there are three databases mounted on Ovid's new remote server. These include the current five years of MEDLINE, the Current Contents backfile, and the Ovid Core Biomedical Collection Demonstration Disk. Starting this month, however, Ovid Technologies will begin adding additional titles. These include ABI/Inform, AIDSLINE, BIOSIS Previews, CancerLit, Current Contents, Dissertation Abstracts, Ei Compendex*Plus, EMBASE, INSPEC, MEDLINE, Ovid Core Biomedical Collection, Ovid Biomedical Collection II and III, PsycINFO, and sociofile. …

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