Enhancing library discovery services with CORE content

Balviar Notay, with Petr Knoth and Nancy Pontika from the CORE team, write about a new partnership between CORE and ProQuest:

The CORE service is working in partnership with ProQuest to deliver more content within their library discovery services (Ex Libris Primo and Ex Libris Summon).  What does this mean for the end user?  This means that search results will bring back more relevant content from OA repositories worldwide in addition to the existing library collection records.  The user will not have to go to a separate search interface to run the same search query.

The CORE service aims to aggregate all open access content distributed across different repository systems worldwide, enriching the content and providing access through a range of services. These services are aimed at addressing the requirements of content providers, text and data miners and anyone in need of accessing scientific literature.

The aggregated content includes metadata (currently 90m records) and open access research outputs hosted in CORE (currently 9m full text articles) from more than 3,600 repositories and over 10,000 journals in the UK and worldwide (currently 70 countries) and in 53 languages. The Open University’s activity with the OpenMinTeD project (providing connectors to publisher OA content from Elsevier, Springer, Frontiers and PLoS ) has also resulted in more OA content (1,831,977 full text items) in CORE.

Given that CORE, to our knowledge, is the largest aggregation of full text OA content, it makes sense that, as part of its strategy, content is surface in existing library search products. Therefore, the partnership between CORE and ProQuest to surface OA content from CORE within Ex Libris Primo and Ex Libris Summon is a positive first step towards this aim. CORE is also intending to integrate with other library search products to ensure a wider search experience across all library search products.

In terms of the technical integration between CORE/ Primo and Summon, this is expected to take place in 2018, although the precise date of this will be confirmed after technical planning meetings.

CORE is jointly run service between Jisc and the Open University and both organisations are thinking strategically about how OA content is discovered and accessed more seamlessly.

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