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SEATTLE – June 7, 2011 – Serials Solutions®, a business unit of ProQuest® LLC, announced today it has enhanced its German-language search functionality within the Summon™ web-scale discovery service by enabling a host of sophisticated features such as support for spelling variations and intelligent handling of various word forms, compound words and stop words.
While the Summon™ service has always supported UTF-8 encoding compliance for its foreign language search requirements, the complexities of the German language presents challenges for returning the most relevant search results available to users. With the new, sophisticated German-language search functionality in the Summon™ service, users will be able to search quickly and easily in German, without the need to account for the language’s unique characters and phrasing.
“Our goal has always been to provide researchers with the fastest and easiest discovery solutions available, and enhancing language search capabilities is high on the priority list,” said Andrea Michalek, director of technology, discovery services with Serials Solutions. “We have always supported match-for-match search in German, but we are now taking it a step further by offering researchers a truly native search functionality to ensure they receive the most relevant search results.”
The following sophisticated German-language search features are now available through the Summon™ service:
Serials Solutions® Summon™ service currently enables sophisticated search features in Dutch, French, and Japanese, and will be adding enhancements for search in additional languages in the near future. The Library at the University of Konstanz became the first German institution to adopt the Summon™ web-scale discovery service, and recently completed the full integration of the solution into their library’s technology suite.
Serials Solutions® is the global leader in essential discovery and e-resource management solutions which are powered by a comprehensive knowledgebase. Its popular suite of Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions helps improve access to and use of collections, eases librarian workloads, and ultimately reduces operating costs. Solutions include: the world-class Summon™ web-scale discovery service, providing instant access to the full breadth of the library’s collection through a single search; the AquaBrowser® discovery layer, making navigation more accessible; 360, the only integrated e-resource access and management solution; KnowledgeWorks, the authoritative e-resource knowledgebase and foundation for Serials Solutions 360; and Ulrich’s™, the world’s most authoritative source of bibliographic and publisher information for serials and the most comprehensive source of print and electronic serials data available. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Serials Solutions is a member of the ProQuest® family of companies.