Endeavor Information Systems and TDNet Expand Partnership to Introduce Re-Architected Reference Linking Solution for Libraries

Des Plaines, IL, March 7, 2006 - Endeavor Information Systems (http://www.endinfosys.com/), one of the leading providers of library management software, announced today that it has expanded its existing partnership agreement with TDNet, a leading provider of e-resource management solutions, to deliver a new technology offering, Discovery: Resolver™, a system which delivers enhanced electronic access to OpenURL and non-OpenURL target resources.

Like Discovery: Finder™, Endeavor’s federated searching product which was introduced in January, Discovery: Resolver also leverages TDNet technology. Together, these solutions represent the first products in a new suite of tools known as Endeavor Discovery, a family of utilities that enable users to easily manage, search, retrieve, view and access library resources. Both Discovery products are available as hosted or local solutions.

Discovery: Resolver, a replacement for Endeavor’s current LinkFinderPlus product, will utilize technology developed by TDNet to provide accurate context-sensitive linking from OpenURL enabled sources to full text sources. In particular, Endeavor customers will benefit from TDNet’s enhanced linking functionality, as well as access to the company’s multi-disciplinary Knowledge Base, which currently consists of more than 100,000 unique titles – including eBooks – that are updated weekly. Additional functionality includes the ability to repair partial citations and the creation of links to resources that are non-OpenURL compliant.

Throughout the next year, current users of LinkFinderPlus will be migrated to Discovery: Resolver on an ongoing basis.

“Endeavor is focused on delivering library solutions that enhance the ability of researchers to quickly and accurately locate information,” said Roland Dietz, president and CEO, Endeavor. “As the company also prides itself on being responsive to customer requirements, the agreement with TDNet addresses both of these areas. Not only does Discovery: Resolver simplify access and reference linking to a diverse pool of electronic resources, but as knowledge base proficiency was a key concern for our customers, leveraging TDNet’s expertise was a logical choice.”

“TDNet is excited to see the accelerated expansion of its partnership with Endeavor, as its customers will benefit from the combination of Endeavor’s extensive footprint in full-text linking and TDNet’s experience in context-sensitive reference linking,” said Asher Sofrin, CEO and co-founder, TDNet Ltd. “In addition to our joint federated search offering, Discovery: Finder, librarians and readers alike will now benefit from effective linking technology and its adherence to established NISO standards.”


Discovery: Resolver offers a number of new features that have been requested by Endeavor customers. Improvements include the ability to handle moving walls and embargos, as well as more complex holdings; support for exposing holdings and link resolving in Google Scholar; dynamic A-Z listing of resources accessible through Resolver; the ability to export OpenURL citation-to-citation manager packages such as EndNote; enhanced statistics, including Counter-compliant reports; and the ability to perform basic customizations via a Web interface, such as editing text on a linking screen and adding a local logo.

“With this partnership, our goal was to deliver a more flexible, user-friendly methodology for managing a reference linking solution,” said Sara Randall, director of strategic products, Endeavor. “As knowledge base maintenance is critical to accurate link resolving, the standard updates provided by TDNet reduce the burden on our customers in this regard. Likewise, with the option of a hosted solution, Discovery: Resolver can eliminate both equipment and maintenance costs while providing more robust functionality overall.”

About TDNet
TDNet creates and markets advanced solutions for managing and accessing electronic resources of libraries and information centers, in local repositories and in external sources. TDNet e-Resource Manager integrates Searcher Analyzer, Full Text Resolver, Journal Manager and Holdings Manager. TDNet’s unique service solution is based on a proprietary Knowledge Base of metadata for over 100,000 unique titles coupled with extensive experience in the information industry. TDNet provides services worldwide to hundreds of academic, medical, research, and special libraries as well as local and national consortia, enterprise information centers and governmental agencies. Please visit TDNet at www.tdnet.com.

About Endeavor Information Systems
Endeavor Information Systems produces advanced library management systems for research and public librarians seeking to integrate ever-increasing electronic resources within their collections. Since 1994, Endeavor has pioneered library management systems by offering enhanced functionality coupled with intuitive interfaces that increase usability and efficiency. Its heritage of technological innovation and service to libraries as well as its significant financial strength as a wholly owned subsidiary of Elsevier combine to make Endeavor Information Systems an industry leader. Visit Endeavor at http://www.endinfosys.com/ for more information.

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Research Intelligence and ClinicalKey— and publishes over 2,500 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and more than 35,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works. Elsevier is part of RELX Group, a world-leading provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. www.elsevier.com

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