Ex Libris Declares Conformance with NISO’s Open Discovery Initiative

Posted by | June 24, 2015 | News, Other, Stories | No Comments

With its support for content neutrality, Ex Libris Primo offers users the most relevant search results

In the cooperative spirit of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), Ex Libris® Group, a global leader in library automation services, is pleased to publically declare its support of the Open Discovery Initiative (ODI) and conformance with ODI’s recommended practice for pre-indexed “web-scale” discovery services. The ODI Working Group’s main objective is to promote transparency in content discovery and to improve the collaboration between discovery-index stakeholders.

As one of the founders and an active member of ODI, Ex Libris remains committed to the ODI objectives and has published an ODI Conformance Statement which articulates its efforts to meet ODI’s recommendations for discovery service providers. In line with ODI Conformance Checklist, Ex Libris already fully complies with the recommendations that pertain to content neutrality. Ex Libris Primo® discovery and delivery solution displays search results that are ranked according to their relevance to the user’s search context and the preferences set by libraries for their users. The ranking of search results, linking to content, inclusion of materials in Primo Central, and discovery of open access content all uphold the principles of content neutrality. Ex Libris continues to work toward full compliance with ODI recommendations.

“The ODI Conformance Checklist was created to enable standardized methods for discovery service providers to assert their ODI support of libraries, content providers, and other industry stakeholders,” commented Laura Morse, ODI co-chair and director of library systems at Harvard University. “We are delighted that Ex Libris is leading the way in implementing ODI’s recommendations, and we truly believe that their compliance will enhance the entire scholarly communication community.”

“It’s gratifying to see the support for the Open Discovery Initiative recommendations from Ex Libris, and we hope that others will follow this lead,” said Todd Carpenter, executive director of NISO. “We recognize that this statement represents their commitment to transparency and their willingness to communicate openly with all stakeholders in the discovery arena.”

“We are very pleased to be part of the ODI WORKING GROUP and to advance the concept of open discovery for the benefit of customers and industry stakeholders,” said Shlomi Kringel, Ex Libris corporate vice president for discovery and delivery solutions. “We continue to work closely with the group members to strengthen collaboration and transparency among content and discovery providers.”

For more information about ODI’s goals and requirements, please visit http://www.niso.org/workrooms/odi/

For the Ex Libris Conformance Statement and Checklist, please visit http://www.exlibrisgroup.com/default.asp?catid=%7B8B84715C-234A-44A9-B3C1-DCDD2E18D049%7D

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