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Ex Libris Announces the Release of Primo Version 2.0

Ex Libris Group ( announced the general release of version 2.0 of its Primo discovery and delivery solution. Version 2.0 offers enhanced searching capabilities, including the ability to search in very large collections; improved usability and accessibility of the user interface; and easier system configuration and customization.

A range of European and Asian interface languages have been added to enhance the user experience for the growing number of Primo customers in Europe and Asia. Searching improvements include the following: improved exact-title searching; additional linguistic algorithms and dictionaries; optimized ranking of grouped (FRBRized) records; the identification of frequently misspelled words; enhancements to the "did you mean" mechanism, which "learns" search phrases based on past user queries; and the presentation of results ordered by popularity.

In adherence to the Ex Libris open platform strategy, Primo now includes an application programming interface (API) for 50 services. This API facilitates the customization of Primo and enables customers to develop code extensions that can be shared with other members of the Primo community. A new component enables Primo to leverage the search engines of other repositories and to display results retrieved from these repositories along with local results. Furthermore, the results obtained through the "Deep Search" component are ranked by relevance and displayed using faceted categorization.

Source: Ex Libris Group

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