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Alexander Street Press Debuts New Website Features
Alexander Street Press updated its search interface with semantic facet browsing, an algorithm to identify categories of interest from a single keyword, with 20-plus new features to follow. With semantic facet browsing, results are returned pertaining to the keyword even if the keyword is not in the title of the resource, and users can also access related content from the search results page: related approaches and similar authors, contributors, places, and organizations.
More than 30 developers worked for 18 months to complete the upgrades, which will be rolled out in a series of releases. The first release includes in-depth text searching across the publisher’s 900,000 music tracks and 17,000 videos; discipline- and topic-based landing pages for editor-curated playlists and highlighted content; an HD-quality video player and toolbar with streaming that adjusts to a user’s bandwidth; audio clip creation, sharing, and annotation; translation options for every page; and the ability to export citations in various formats.
“This level of functionality has never been seen before,” according to Stephen Rhind-Tutt, Alexander Street Press president. “How often did John F. Kennedy refer directly to Cuba in his speeches? Now, you can not only identify every instance, but with one click, you can watch him say the word.”
Customers of VAST: Academic Video Online and five of Alexander Street Press’ music collections can now access these features. Throughout the year, customers of all Alexander Street Press collections will gain access.
The next wave of updates includes enhanced usage statistics, a mobile app, and access to album liner notes.
Source: Alexander Street Press
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