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Leveraging the capabilities of the Summon and Primo indexes, the new index will provide an upgraded infrastructure, offering customers enhanced data quality, delivering faster updates, and infusing artificial intelligence into discovery services

JERUSALEM, Israel, April 29, 2019 – Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, has announced the creation of the Central Discovery Index (CDI), a robust, comprehensive content index that will expand the capabilities of the Ex Libris Summon® and Primo® discovery services. The CDI will enrich users’ discovery experience across both flagship discovery services, enabling libraries to better support researchers’ needs through smart discovery services driven by artificial intelligence.

The discovery environment is evolving rapidly, with content indexes that need to contain an ever-increasing quantity of new materials and resource types. With its advanced design, the CDI will enable Primo and Summon libraries to successfully meet new discovery challenges while maintaining data quality and content neutrality.

Aligned with the roadmaps of the Primo and Summon discovery services, the unified index will enable customers of both services to benefit from faster update cycles, improved content ingestion, enhanced relevance ranking, and one-time activation of content. The CDI will also be instrumental in the development of new user-centric services that will improve discovery and the access to library collections.

The new Central Discovery Index is designed to provide a smooth, seamless upgrade for all customers. It will be rolled out gradually, beginning in the third quarter of 2019, with the majority of Summon and Primo customers already benefiting from it in 2020. With the CDI, Ex Libris will upgrade the infrastructure that is currently in place for both delivery services. More information about the CDI can be found in the Summon CDI Overview and Primo CDI Overview articles in the Ex Libris Knowledge Center.

“The Ex Libris Central Discovery Index is a key component of our discovery strategy and will provide customers with a future-ready content index,” explained Shlomi Kringel, Ex Libris corporate vice president of discovery and delivery solutions. “The CDI will provide opportunities for developing innovative discovery features for both the Summon and Primo solutions, leveraging artificial intelligence to create additional smart services.”

About Ex Libris

Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is a leading global provider of cloud-based solutions that enable institutions and their individual users to create, manage, and share knowledge. In close collaboration with its customers and the broader community, Ex Libris develops creative solutions that increase library productivity, maximize the impact of research activities, enhance teaching and learning, and drive student mobile engagement. Ex Libris serves over 7,500 customers in 90 countries. For more information about Ex Libris, see our website, and join us on Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

About ProQuest (https://www.proquest.com)

ProQuest is committed to supporting the important work happening in the world’s research and learning communities. The company curates content that matters to the advancement of knowledge, assembling an archive of billions of vetted, indexed documents. It simplifies workflows so that people and institutions use time effectively. And because ProQuest connects information communities, complex networks of systems and processes work together efficiently. With ProQuest, finding answers and deriving insights is straightforward and leads to extraordinary outcomes.

ProQuest and its companies and affiliates – Ex Libris, Alexander Street, Bowker – stand for better research, better learning, better insights. ProQuest enables people to change their world.

29 April 2019


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