Discovery Tool Compatibility: EBSCO response

Following are EBSCO's responses to the Discovery Tool Compatibility questionnaire.

  1. Does this product conform with the Open Discovery Initiative recommendations set by section 3.2 of NISO RP-19-2014If not, please specify which parts the product does not conform with, and why.
    • EBSCO is a member of the NISO Open Discovery Initiative (ODI) working group. EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and its products comply with the Open Discovery Initiative recommendation (3.2 of NISO RP-19-2014). Please see for more information.
  2. Does EBSCO provide the same metadata for this product equally to all discovery tools, regardless of their producer?
    • EBSCO provides metadata for many of its databases to many popular discovery services in support of its commitment, as a content provider, to work in a collaborative manner with vendors to ensure open interaction between library services.
  3.  Please address whether the records in this product are equally discoverable by all of the discovery tools used currently by the BC post-secondary sector (EBSCO Discovery Service, Primo, Summon, WorldCat Discovery).
    • EBSCO is an active proponent of an open, interoperable library environment across technology and data sharing as evidenced by its participation on the NISO Open Discovery Initiative Committee, partnerships with more than 60 ILS providers, work in support of FOLIO (an open source technology platform), and its metadata sharing policy. As a content provider, EBSCO wants to work with all discovery vendors in a way that encourages and requires mutual sharing.  Since 2014 it has offered to share metadata in a collaborative way with any discovery service vendors and will continue to work toward this mutual goal.
  4.  If they are not equally discoverable, what methods are available to enable maximum discovery of this content using each individual library’s chosen discovery infrastructure?
    • EBSCO has collaborated with major integrated library system (ILS) vendors (Ex Libris, Endeavor Information Systems, Innovative Interfaces, Sirsi, etc.) since the late 1990s to develop linking between EBSCOhost and their ILS platforms. EBSCO's ongoing efforts keep EBSCOhost's integration with the various ILS modules at the cutting edge of modern technologies.

      Resources purchased from EBSCO can be made discoverable in the following ways:

      • Linking to all web-based OPACs
      • Records in MARC, Tab-Delimited, or HTML Format
      • Compatibility with Metasearch Engines
      • OpenURL Compliance

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