19 December 2005 News Releases

Serials Solutions and EDINA awarded JISC grant for metadata transfer project

Serials Solutions and EDINA awarded JISC grant for metadata transfer project

Serials Solutions and EDINA announced today that they have received funding for their project proposal to the Joint Information Systems Committee’s (JISC) Invitation to Tender for the Publisher Metadata and Interoperability Projects II. The collaborative 8-month project, AIMSS (Automating Ingest of Metadata on Serials Subscriptions), will investigate the transfer of metadata about a library’s subscriptions to SUNCAT, the UK national serials catalogue.

Serials Solutions will transmit the metadata using ONIX for Serials (Serials Online Holdings), a format jointly developed by National Information Standards Organisation (NISO) and EDItEUR, the international group coordinating development of the standards infrastructure for electronic commerce in the book and serials industries.

"Keeping holdings data current is a major challenge for a union catalogue and AIMSS will allow EDINA to develop the capacity to accept and process data received in a format likely to be widely used by publishers, agents and aggregators," said Fred Guy, EDINA’s SUNCAT project manager.

"Serials Solutions possesses unique expertise in providing a comprehensive and accurate knowledge base, customized for individual libraries," commented Jane Burke, general manager of Serials Solutions. "The breadth and depth of this metadata is essential for e-resource management and discovery."

Peter McCracken, MLS, director of electronic content management for Serials Solutions, added, "Using ONIX for Serials to transmit data messages into SUNCAT extends our solution to update and display consistent holdings data within a consortial setting.

About Serials Solutions

Serials Solutions, part of ProQuest Information and Learning, provides complete e-resource access and management solutions to over 1500 libraries worldwide. Founded by a librarian for librarians, Serials Solutions helps librarians and patrons find and use electronic content through its Access & Management Suite (AMS), Full MARC Records service for e-journals, Article Linker - Serials Solutions’ comprehensive OpenURL link resolver, Central Search - a powerful federated search engine, and its newest product ERMS - a lifecycle manager for electronic subscriptions. 

ProQuest Information and Learning

ProQuest Information and Learning is a world leader in collecting, organizing, and publishing information worldwide for researchers, faculty, and students in libraries and schools. Known widely for its strength in business and economics, general reference, humanities, social sciences, and STM content, the company develops premium databases comprising periodicals, newspapers, dissertations, out-of-print books, and other scholarly information from more than 8,500 publishers worldwide. Users access the information through the ProQuest® Web-based online information system, Chadwyck-Healey™ electronic and microform resources, UMI® microform and print reference products, eLibrary® SIRS® and Voyager Expanded Learning educational resources, and XanEdu® online faculty and student resources. For more information about ProQuest Information and Learning, visitvisit www.il.proquest.com.

ProQuest Information and Learning is a business unit of ProQuest Company, which was recently named one of the top 100 fastest growing technology companies in the United States by Business 2.0. and one of the 200 best small companies by Forbes Magazine.


EDINA, based at Edinburgh University Data Library, is a JISC-funded national datacentre. It offers the UK tertiary education and research community networked access to a library of data, information and research resources. All EDINA services are available free of charge to members of UK tertiary education institutions for academic use, although institutional subscription and end-user registration are required for most services.


SUNCAT, (Serials UNion CATalogue) is a single tool for researchers to locate serials held in libraries throughout the United Kingdom.  It is funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and is based at EDINA. SUNCAT currently holds over 4 million records from 22 contributing libraries which include the British Library, national libraries of Wales and Scotland and major research libraries.  It is planned that, by the end of 2006, serials data from up to a further 60 libraries will have been added.