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Ex Libris Announces bX Web 2.0 Usage-Based Scholarly Recommendation Services

Ex Libris Group ( announced a new Web 2.0 recommender service. Ex Libris bX, a first-of-its-kind service, will provide library users with article-level recommendations based on collective usage data amassed from research communities around the world. Sixteen institutions have begun testing bX and are working with Ex Libris on ongoing development before the service’s public launch.

bX is the result of years of collaboration and research into advanced scholarly recommender systems conducted by leading researchers—Johan Bollen and Herbert Van de Sompel from the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The bX service derives its recommendations from the analysis of tens of millions of transactions performed by users from research institutions worldwide and captured through a large-scale aggregation of link resolver usage logs. Based on open interoperability standards such as OpenURL and OAI-PMH, bX can be tightly integrated into a library’s existing user environment.

Oren Beit-Arie, chief strategy officer of Ex Libris Group, says, "The bX journey started with the introduction of the OpenURL framework 10 years ago, followed by the deployment of SFX, the first OpenURL link resolver, by Ex Libris in 2001. Now bX mines the wealth of information contained in the usage logs of link resolvers such as SFX to the great benefit of users and librarians alike."

Source: Ex Libris Group

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