Over the past few weeks we were busily developing new features for amsl. The two main changes soon to be implemented will be firstly a considerable improvement of the search index and secondly the automatic import of COUNTER usage statistics.
With the new index version it will be possible to create knowledgebase-specific indexes, making the amsl search index consortially applicable: when searching amsl, any user will only see results for knowledgebases he has reading access to. In this way several institutions’ contents will be strictly seperated in the search process. Besides, the classes to be indexed will be definable for single knowledgebases, reducing indexing time and size. It will also be possible to define certain knowledgebases as direct access knowledgebases, which will only be searchable when directly accessed – a useful feature in particular when managing templates or vocabularies.
One of the basic requirements for amsl is the support of usage statistics in COUNTER format. The importer for XML files is currently being completed, as well as the automatic update process via SUSHI protocol. Thus COUNTER data will soon be storable and – via uploaded title lists – linked to contract data in amsl.
When the new features will be deployed on the live and demo systems, we will let you know on the blog at once.
Both new features will be ready for the 104th German Library Day in Nuremberg at the latest – at our workshop on Thursday, May 28, 9:00 am -11:00 am (Room Riga) there will be plenty of time to test and discuss those new along with other amsl features. We are looking forward to meet you in Nuremberg!