New Link: European Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies
- Apologizing for crossposting ...
In May 2007, the COSEELIS Newsletter included a report on the end of work on the European Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies (EBSEES). At that time, it was hoped that the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme (MSH) might be able to keep the online version of the EBSEES databases running for some years to come, but without undertaking any further development work.
In fact, the position regarding EBSEES is now much more positive. The Berlin State Library (SBB) agreed to make staff and resources available to ensure that the online databases were not only preserved, but merged and given a user-friendly search interface. The data files were transferred from the MSH and then Ivo Ulrich and his colleagues at the SBB began to merge the two very different databases. This required a lot of work on the representation of special characters used in East European languages, and on manipulating the classification scheme used in the older EBSEES records to generate subject headings compatible with those used in EBSEES from 2001. A new search interface was also created, with up-to-date search and browse facilities.
The version of EBSEES now offered through the Slavistics Portal (http://www.slavistik-portal.de/en.html)of the SBB has a number of the latest Web 2.0 features. Thanks to the SRU standard interface it is compatible with metasearch facilities (such as Metalib and iPort). Search Engine Optimization means that individual EBSEES records are visible to search engines - they are no longer buried in the deep web. Use of information visualization techniques has created a Tag Cloud, a different way of browsing. EBSEES is linked to the Karlsruhe Virtual Catalogue (KVK) which allows users to find out about the availability of a book in a number of national libraries and union catalogues, including COPAC. Moreover the COinS-interface allows automated searching for the full text of articles and the export of records into reference management software.
The final version of EBSEES now available to users contains over 85,000 records for the period 1991 to 2007. Users will notice minor differences in the results, according to whether the record came from the old or new EBSEES database, and there are a few duplicate records. It is possible to search in Cyrillic, but this should be used cautiously as it will only retrieve records for publications after 2001. There are few UK records for 2002 and later, but data for many of the other contributing countries is more up-to-date. At present there are no plans to digitise the printed volumes for 1975-1990, some 100,000 records.
We would like to invite you to use the new version of EBSEES, which is available at: http://ebsees.staatsbibliothek-berlin.de/
There are two search options - a simple search (word anywhere) and an advanced search (Author/Title/Subject). Subject searches can be done by using subject headings or from the Tag Cloud. . It is possible to refine a subject search by typing a second term (such as a country) into the search box. Results display in alphabetical order of title.
Please try out the new EBSEES and let us have your comments.