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    360 Search: Release Notes and Service Status Announcements

    • Product: 360 Search

    What is the current status of 360 Search, and what has changed in the latest release of the service?

    Full list of currently working connections, broken/work in progress connections, and recently released connections available here.

    Jan. 2, 2013

    We recently experienced a failure in the system that harvests the data for 360 Search Usage Statistics.
    Some servers were impacted between Oct. 30 and Nov. 5, 2012, resulting in partial data loss. All servers were impacted between Nov. 5 and Dec. 17, 2012, resulting in a loss of all 360 Search Usage Statistics data for that time period.
    NOTE: This failure did not impact usage statistics for any other ProQuest services, including 360 Link and 360 Core.
    To prevent this type of issue in the future, the system for capturing usage data has been instrumented with a monitoring service to detect problems immediately and prevent loss of data.

    July 17, 2012

    ProQuest is introducing a new policy to better help us maintain the vast collection of federated-search connections available for all 360 Search clients. We currently maintain a library of nearly 4,000 working 360 Search connections -- by far the most of any federated-search provider.
    The list of currently available 360 Search connections can be downloaded here.
    In order to maintain the high level of reliability for existing 360 Search connections and to appropriately prioritize building of new connections, all new 360 Search connection requests will be charged a "paid connection" fee.
    Existing 360 Search connections will continue to be maintained and repaired when necessary at no charge. We will also continue building new connections that were previously requested and prioritized at no charge. This change in policy only impacts new connection requests moving forward.
    Here is what you need to know if you are interested in requesting new connections for resources that are not currently existing 360 Search connections:
    • New 360 Search connections can be requested for a fee of US$2,000
    • Click here for details about how new connections can be conveniently requested.
    • Our support team will investigate requests for new connections to ensure that the requested target is compatible for a federated-search connector
    • If a target is suitable for a new connection, a sales representative will contact your library and require that you complete a paid connection order form.
    • Your library will not be billed for the paid connection fee until the connection is successfully built and released to 360 Search.
    If you have any questions about this new policy or status of previously requested new connections, please contact us with the Support Portal option near the top of this page.

    Sept. 16, 2011

    As of the service release on Sept. 16, you are now able to use the following new 360 Search feature if your library also subscribes to 360 Consortium Edition:
    • We have created a report to support workflow and administration of 360 Consortia Edition Services. The Resource Sharing and Inheritance Report allows consortium managers to view sharing and inheritance activities across the consortium profiles to ensure items and resources have been shared, populated and inherited as desired. This enhancement applies to all consortium edition services, including 360 Search and 360 Resource Manager.

    July 15, 2011

    The following new feature and functionality was released to 360 Search during our upgrade on July 15, 2011:
    • Session-Based-Results Linking: Database connections from providers that require session identifiers in results links will consistently link patrons to their selected content rather than to the native database search page to begin a new session.
    Bug fixes in this release have:
    • Corrected a problem where Japanese author names appear as "??????" instead of the correct Japanese characters, for researchers who arrive at 360 Link via 360 Search using Microsoft Internet Explorer.
    • Fixed an issue where subject categories and databases inherited by consortium members from the parent (consortium) profile do not appear properly in the member libraries' 360 Search instances.
    • Preserved library-specific database authentication information when a database connection is switched to a new target.

    Dec. 20, 2010

    The following enhancement was made to 360 Search:
    • User Authentication: We have created a unified service for user authentication across 360 Core, 360 Search, 360 Link, and 360 Access Control, enabling patrons to sign on only once when using the 360 services for discovery. Check out our User Authentication Datasheet to learn more, and set up the feature in the Administration Console. Released Dec. 18, 2010.

    Oct. 16, 2010

    More Language Support: Your library can now take advantage of language support across three new languages within 360 Search (Hebrew, Norwegian, and Welsh), bringing the total to 22 languages. We also updated some default Chinese-Traditional text strings. See the 360 Search Administration Console for details.

    April 2, 2010

    The following enhancements were made to 360 Search:
    • You can create your own Custom Search Boxes to place anywhere on your library's web pages as points of access to 360 Search.
    • The Custom Text interface has been improved to help you find the labels and messages you want to change. The labels have been grouped into the places they are displayed in the patron interface (such as the Search Page, Results Page, etc.).
    • When setting up a 360 Search connection for a database that requires IP authentication, we now display your library's Serials Solutions Unique IP Address to pass on to the database provider. You can find this Address in the 360 Search Administration Console on the applicable Database Details page.
    ... and many other minor enhancements and fixes that were suggested by our 360 Search beta-test partners late last year.

    Dec. 18, 2009
    A new and improved version of 360 Search was released. Details of all the enhancements to your federated-search service are available here.

    Oct. 8, 2009
    The following enhancements were made to 360 Search:
    • Created a new OPAC connection for Sistema de Bibliotecas DUOC UC Catalogo.
    • Fixed link connector with SpringerLink.
    • Fixed a rare issue of incorrect duplicate records in clustered results.
    • Fixed a rare issue of 360 Search "hanging" (unable to complete a search and produce results).

    April 9, 2009

    The following enhancements were made in today's 360 Search release:

    Full-Text/Peer-Review Filters

    • Improved full-text filter reliability by leveraging full-text coverage information stored in the 360 360 KB;
    • Improved peer-review filter reliability through use of Ulrich's authoritative database;
    • Both filter options is are still enabled through the existing parameter.


    April 14, 2008

    The following items were addressed and enhancements made in the latest 360 Search release:

    Customization Parameters
    On.Load: Fix to avoid conflicts
    Opening databases in new windows

    Fixed JavaScript error when filtering by database and exporting
    Fixed IE JavaScript error returning to previous search pages
    Fixed JavaScript error when changing cluster topic
    Fixed JavaScript error when attempting to view results for a partially-completed search

    Added fulll-text linking through WebFeat Proxy for Session-Based Links

    Year Search Limiter enhancement
    Fixed syntax error in search query

    • Date Created: 9-Feb-2014
    • Last Edited Date: 18-Feb-2014
    • Old Article Number: 7474
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