EBSCO’s Software-as-a-Service Plays Integral Role in Nationwide Sociology Portal in Germany

~ EBSCO Discovery Service™ and PlumX™ Dashboards are Key Components in FID Initiative ~

IPSWICH, Mass.March 15, 2016—Two software-as-a-service components from EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) will play a significant role in the creation of a national sociology research portal in Germany. The portal’s search index will be built on EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS), and researchers will use PlumX™ Dashboards to track the impact of their sociology research via real-time analytics.

The sociology portal is being created in cooperation with the German Association of Sociologists (DGS) and is one part of a multi-disciplinary research tool funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).  DFG is sponsoring a nationwide initiative (Specialised Information Program, or FID) that encourages university libraries to build infrastructures for high-level research.

Out of the many subjects that will be covered in this initiative, the sociology portal is the first FID to use EDS and PlumX Dashboards, and it is expected that these services will provide a powerful search tool and valuable metrics by which to judge the value of the research.

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 8,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customization. EBSCO is also the preeminent provider of online research content for libraries, including hundreds of research databases, historical archives, point-of-care medical reference, and corporate learning tools serving millions of end users at tens of thousands of institutions. EBSCO is the leading provider of electronic journals & books for libraries, with subscription management for more than 360,000 serials, including more than 57,000 e-journals, as well as online access to more than 700,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: www.ebsco.com. EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., a family owned company since 1944.


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