Electronic Information Service National Programme (EIS)
The shift from print media to electronic resources brought alive EIS in 2001 in order to support higher education and research with electronic information infrastructure of different types of databases from full text periodicals to factual information databases.
The 1079/2012. (III.28.) government decree gave a solid financial background to the programme and allocated the task to the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
As of January 2021, EIS has 260 member institutions from the government and non-profit sector. All members are obliged to contribute to the programme financially. The level of contribution is specified in case of each individual database based on user statistics and FTE (full time equivalent) numbers.
Through national licence agreements almost 84 databases are subscribed to and accessible for eligible institutions via IP addresses and increasingly by using EduID. Among the databases there are large full text journal packages, bibliographic databases of different subject field and citation indexes as well.
EIS provides opportunity for publishers and distributors to present their new products and services, and organises courses for user groups to utilize the databases to their full potential.
Regular and constant communication among subscribers is carried out via EIS interface, e-mail and telephone, but more and more mobile devices are used to reach all users and potential users.
The in-house development of Compass database was launched in 2017 and being currently developed in order to provide up-to-date information on scientific databases that are accessible in Hungary. Based on Google map it is an easy way of use for researchers, librarians and anyone interested in scientific database access and search.
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