Join the Open Source Discovery Layers Initiative

Many top tier research institutions are engaged in one or more projects to build their own discovery interfaces. As these libraries move to support researchers in more strategic ways, they want to offer indexing and discovery of a wide variety of research materials, often including materials created at their institutions. These interfaces are being locally developed, using open source software.

Ex Libris wants to make it easy for libraries to integrate our management solutions and our discovery indexes into such open source solutions. Our project is one to enhance the ability to integrate Primo, Summon and Alma into such solutions through the creation and documentation of robust API’s. This provides libraries with the freedom to create local repositories and a local discovery layer, while delivering a proven solution and an open platform for resource management and the indexing of electronic content.

We’d like to extend the conversation and develop a community around this initiative. Ex Libris will be hosting a Collaborative Discussion on Open Source Discovery Layers at the DLF Forum in Milwaukee (at Hotel Metro Milwaukee) on Tuesday, November 8th at 1:30 – 3:30 PM.

Josh Weisman, Development Director for Ex Libris, will share a proof of concept showing a Blacklight discovery layer integrated with both Alma and our Discovery Index APIs and will take the group on a deep dive into the thinking and the code behind it. We invite you to share both your thoughts and your experiences using open source discovery (such as Blacklight or VUFind) with Primo, Summon and Alma – as well as your requirements for moving those projects forward.

Please email to register for the event or to learn more about becoming a partner in the collaboration.

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