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Ex Libris Consolidates Discovery Indexes

Smart Libraries Newsletter [June 2019]

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Consistent with previous announcements, Ex Libris is creating a single discovery index that will power both of the company's discovery products, Primo and Summon.5 Following the acquisition of Ex Libris by ProQuest, the company's product portfolio included two index-based discovery products, each with distinctive interfaces and features. At the time of the merger, the company assured its customers that both products would be supported indefinitely. Both Primo and Summon are widely implemented in academic libraries. Given the substantial differences between Summon and Primo, combining them into a single interface will likely not be well accepted by customers.

Both Summon and Primo rely on massive article-level indexes that address a broad representation of the global scholarly and professional literature. These indexes each require substantial resources to manage and maintain. In the initial phase following the merger, processes were put in place to ensure that the content indexed by both products was consistent and to address gaps in coverage.

Ex Libris has moved to the next phase of integration where a single Central Discovery Index will be created to power both Primo and Summon. This new index will enable faster and more efficient ingestion of content. The new Central Discovery Index will also provide a stronger foundation for new services within the discovery products and to make use of artificial intelligence and other relevant technologies. Ex Libris anticipates that the migration to the new index will be a smooth process for its Primo and Summon customers. The initial transition is planned for later in 2019 with most libraries making the change in 2020.

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Publication Year:2019
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: Smart Libraries Newsletter
Publication Info:Volume 39 Number 06
Issue:June 2019
Page(s):5
Publisher:ALA TechSource
Place of Publication:Chicago, IL
ISSN:1541-8820
Record Number:24471
Last Update:2022-12-05 14:47:18
Date Created:2019-07-26 07:50:01
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