This session included presentations from three vendors: DeGruyter, EBSCO, and EuroMonitor (Oxford University Press was not present).
Anne O’Riordan presented an overview of DeGruyter and new activities. DeGruyter is a well known German publisher in social sciences, humanities, and sciences, and has been in business for 260 years. It has over 60,000 books in its catalog, and is adding roughly 1,800 titles every year. It offers 750 journals, most in English, of which nearly 400 are available openly and 375 are subscription. There are also 48 online databases available. DeGruyter offers electronic formats as well as print, with the benefits of pricing parity between formats and no ongoing platform fees. Textbooks are priced at a multiple of the print cost, but includes perpetual site licensing. Partner publishers include Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, Princeton, and many more.
Dragan Nikolic presented an overview of the EBSCO Discovery Service, to give people a taste of the session later in the day. EDS is the most popular discovery service as measured by ALA, with 5,612 subscribers in 2014, compared to 1,717 for OCLC WorldCat Local, 1,407 for ExLibris, and approximately 600 for Summon. EDS provides a robust relevance ranking algorithm, and makes metadata available to any discovery service. EDS integrates with link resolvers, ILS partners, and though an API with many other ILS. There are 100+ apps and plugins available for detailed customization. New to 2015 is the addition of over 340,000 videos from the Associated Press archives.
Ranwah Abdulrazzaq and Andrea Fogliati from EuroMonitor presented Passport, a database offering detailed statistics and reports for business and socioeconomic indicators, across 27 industry clusters. Two case studies demonstrated how Passport can be used to answer market analysis and consumer analysis problems. The visual tool “Dashboard” displays data on a country level. Industry overview summaries and company summaries provide deeper analysis of the data. AMICAL has entered into an agreement with EuroMonitor to provide access to Passport at reduced rates; see the email announcement for more details.
Photos by: Dimana Doneva