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    Single Activation with the EasyActive Setting

    See also a webinar recording CDI Activation: EasyActive and FullyFlexible which was delivered on Sept. 6, 2023


    The User's Perspective on CDI Record Types

    From the user's perspective, there are two types of records that can appear in search results:

    • Available – Records that are flagged as Full text available.

    • Searchable – Records that are flagged as Full text not available and are searchable only.

    Most Primo customers filter the initial search for their users by availability. This means that search results contain only items that are flagged as Full text available. After performing a search, users can select the Expand beyond the library collection link to also see the records that are flagged as Full text not available in their search results. We refer to these options as the filtered and expand searches. Some of our Primo customers start with the expanded search and allow users to filter by Availability using the top-level facets.

    Single Activation with Alma

    Alma collections that you have active because you subscribe to their full text will become automatically searchable in CDI. For those collections no separate search activations are necessary.

    Search activations are only necessary for collections or for portfolios that are not activated for full text, but you still want your users to discover them. They will appear in the expanded search flagged as No full text available. You also do not need to activate alternative coverage collections anymore for those providers that do not provide us with their metadata for indexing in CDI. Based on your full text activations, CDI will automatically check across the entire index for metadata matching your holdings and make them available for discovery.

    This works as follows:

    Alma will publish to CDI several sets of data (Institutional holding files) that include the following information:

    • Full text availability (All your active full text in Alma) This will affect records returned in CDI for the filtered search (flag them as available and make them discoverable in the filtered search)

    • Search availability (All collections that you activated for search): This will affect records returned in CDI for the expand search (for those items that are not also available in full text and do not fall under the item above.

    EasyActive Setting

    With the EasyActive setting, all collections with the exception of those listed in the EasyActive collection list are automatically searchable for the user and do not require search activation. We refer to the EasyActive collection list as the “Exception list” in this document. The collections that are automatically searchable will not appear with any activation status on your Alma IZ.

    In Alma you manage your full text activations and your search activation for the Exception list. The Exception list contains collections that meet one of the following criteria:

    • The providers either do not want their content to be searchable automatically or their databases require subscriptions.

    • Some collections are likely to be used only by some institutions.

    What your users see in the filtered search is fully controlled by your full text activations in Alma. Additional search activations only impact the expanded search.

    This setting has the advantage that all of the library’s subscribed content is discoverable immediately while the library still maintains control over what content is flagged as Full text available to their users.

    Managing Collections for Discovery with EasyActive

    From the library administrator’s perspective, there is no option to activate or deactivate collections for search in Alma with the EasyActive setting. On your Alma interface, you will see the following:

    All other CDI related configuration options in Alma are still available. This includes using CDI fields as filters in the Advanced Search, as well as using the CDI tab in the Electronic Collection Editor:


    Electronic Collection Editor in Alma

    If you want to include any of the collections from the Exception list in your search results, you will need to activate them in Alma using the standard Alma activation process.

    In the search results on the Electronic Collections page, these collections will display the indication CDI activation required: Yes, as shown in the following example for the Scopus collection:


    CDI Collections in Alma Repository Search

    Please make sure that you activate only collections in the EasyActive collection list for which you have a subscription or that are free for search.

    The CDI tab in the Electronic Collection Editor contains the following associated settings in Alma:

    • Do not show as full text in CDI even if active in Alma ('Suppress') – 

      It is possible to suppress active full text collections in Alma from being published to CDI so that they appear as Full text not available in CDI.

      From a library patron perspective activation of full text collections or items in Alma serve mostly two purposes:

      • to mark them as Full text available in discovery, and

      • to make the full text link available via the link resolver. 

      This option appears in the CDI tab on the Alma Electronic Collection Editor for all collections indexed in CDI and for all collections (such as local collections) not indexed in CDI that have portfolios in Alma.

      1. All portfolios for the collection are removed from the CDI holdings file. This ensures that the content is not flagged as Full text available unless it is also available from another collection where it is active and not suppressed.

      2. The collection will still appear on your link resolver, and users can link to the full text when coming from other search engines or platforms. 

      3. Content from collections where the full text is suppressed is also not searchable in the expand search unless set to active for search or unless the same content is available from other active collections.

      4. The local bibliographic records are not affected and are published to the local Primo Index for discovery.

      Why use this option:
      1. Prevent content from certain collections from appearing in Primo results for example for Open Access collections – where you would like to have only the full text active for the link resolver, but you do not want the same full text visible in the filtered search in discovery because it could clutter the result lists for your users.

      2. Prevent duplicate ebook results where bib records are published to Primo local and in addition the CDI records appear in the result list. This option will make sure that the CDI records do not appear in the result list. Note that this will also eliminate the chapter level records in CDI.

    • CDI-only full text activation – 

      The CDI-only full text activation option is found in the following areas of the Alma UI:

      • The CDI tab in the electronic collection editor.

      • The Action menu on the IZ collection list.

      And appears for collections if at least one of the following conditions is met:

      • The CDI full text linking field is set to Link in Record (not Linkresolver). 

      • The CDI type is set to Hybrid and the Alma collection type is Database.

      • The CDI type is set to A&I Database (regardless of whether the collection has portfolios or not).


      If set to yes, the collection is added to the CDI Zero title holdings file with the following results:

      1. If the collection is defined as a Full text database in CDI, all records in the collection will be flagged as Full text available in the Primo UI and appear in the filtered search. The Full text available flag is inherited at the collection level. If any individual portfolio settings exist, they will be ignored.

      2. If the collection is defined as an A&I database in CDI, the collection content will be searchable in CDI (Full text available flags will depend on full text activations across all full text collections in Alma).

      Why use this option:

      This option can be used when your library does not want the collection and its contents to appear in the Primo local index or in the link resolver, but you want it to be discoverable in CDI.

      How to use this option:

      1. Verify that the collection exists in the Institution Zone.

      2. Edit the electronic collection. In the CDI tab, select the CDI-only full text activation checkbox.

    • We subscribe to only some titles in the collection – 

      If set to Yes, CDI will match its content to the active portfolios in this collection. If set to No, CDI will set all contents of this collection to full text available without matching to individual portfolios. This setting is generally used as follows (check also for recommended settings by collection link type below):

      • Select Yes to indicate a selective subscription (where you subscribe to only part of the content).

      • Select No to indicate a non-selective subscription for this collection (where you subscribe to all of the content in the collection)

      This is unrelated to the way you purchase such collections, and some libraries use selective settings for aggregator packages. This setting in CDI; therefore, does not mean that subscriptions to those resources are necessarily selective. 

      This option is available only for Aggregator/Selective collections (not for Database types of collections that have no portfolios). The default value is Yes (selective subscription). This field is read-only in case the option CDI-only full text activation is used.

      Recommended settings by collection link type:

      For 'Link in Record' type of collections that do have portfolios in Alma, where the institution subscribes to the whole collection, it is recommended to change the "We subscribe to only some titles in the collection" setting to 'No'. This will ensure that the whole collection is flagged as 'Full text available'. In the Alma January 2021 Release, the Activation Wizard will be changed to set this as a default for 'Link in Record' type of collections.

      If this is set to 'Yes', only the active portfolios in Alma will be included in the CDI holdings file only when a match is found in CDI, and the record will display 'Full text available'. Because CDI matches only on standard identifiers such as ISSN or ISBN, this will result in less records displaying Full text available for collections with non-ID content.

      For Linkresolver type of collections, we recommend that you retain the Yes setting for the We subscribe to only some titles in the collection option (which is the default setting), especially when there are partial activations in Alma and not all portfolios are active. Setting this option to No will increase the chance of having linking problems in CDI because of mismatches between CDI records and the Alma CKB.

    Switching from FullyFlexible to EasyActive

    It is possible to switch from the FullyFlexible to the EasyActive setting in your Alma institution. The switch will be run for you by ExLibris support. Prior to the actual switch, a report will be provided of the changes that will occur in your Alma environment once you will switch from FullyFlexible to EasyActive.

    The following will happen during the switch:

    •  All CDI search activations will be removed

    • All collections previously activated for search in CDI that are on the EasyActive collection list will be activated in Alma

    • All collections previously set to ‘Active for Full text in CDI only’ will be activated in Alma

    Activated in Alma means:

    • For electronic collection with services and portfolios: the service and all its portfolios will be activated

    • For electronic collection of type database: the bib record will not be suppressed

    Once the institution uses the EasyActive setting, the following changes will occur in Alma:

    • Search activation options and the Search activation facet will no longer be displayed in Alma

    • The CDI Publishing profile to CDI will no longer include the search activation in the CDI holdings file. The ‘searchable’ file which contains this information will no longer be published to CDI.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. When will the switch from FullyFlexible to EasyActive be available? How is this handled?

      The switch to EasyActive is scheduled to be available from August 2020 onwards. Institutions can open a support ticket and the switch can be scheduled from the beginning of August.

    2. In a multi-campus environment where each campus has its own PC key and publishing profile, is it possible for some campuses to use the FullyFlexible setting and others to have the EasyActive setting?

      No, the setting is per Alma institution.

    3. Is it possible to go back to the FullyFlexible setting if we have implemented the EasyActive setting?

      Currently there is no way to switch back to FullyFlexible from the EasyActive setting. When moving to EasyActive, the majority of your current activation settings for CDI will not be available anymore so there is nothing to move back to. We have discussed ways to preserve the last setting in case someone wants to move back but given that there was so far not much interest we have not scheduled any work for this right now.

    4. When do we have to decide on switching to the EasyActive setting? Does it have to be right after moving to the CDI, or can we wait and decide later? Is there a deadline for switching to the EasyActive setting?

      You can decide at any time to move to EasyActive, there is no deadline. You can start with FullyFlexible and see how this works for you and only make the change when convenient for you. This is entirely up to you.

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