Does Alma support a Central KnowledgeBase?
- An institution can also activate CKB electronic resources using an activation wizard. The Central Knowledge Base electronic resources details can be overwritten with an institution’s local information.
- Since the CKB is maintained by Ex Libris, any CKB change related to the electronic resources used by the institution will be reflected in the institutional inventory, keeping the institution’s electronic resources up to date, and taking into account any localization of the electronic resource.
- The information in Alma’s CKB also provides the data needed for Alma’s link resolution functionality. Electronic resources linked to the CKB electronic resources can be resolved just as any other electronic resource, using the embedded OpenURL link resolver.
Does the KnowledgeBase allow for sharing of data with other libraries in the community?
Copying a record from a shared catalog to the local catalog is supported, but not required. By linking inventory directly to the shared record, they will immediately benefit from any central improvement to the record.
Searching the local inventory will retrieve records in use by the local institution, which will automatically include relevant records stored in the local and shared catalogs.
When publishing or exporting records (e.g., when synchronizing records with an external database), member libraries will export their whole inventory, which may include records from the local and shared catalogs.
Does the KnowledgeBase include all types of metadata?
object portfolios (“portfolio” = titles within packages)
full text object portfolios
peer reviewed journals
full text packages
selective packages (targets)
aggregator packages (targets)
How comprehensive is the CKB?
How frequently is the KnowledgeBase is updated?
Does Alma support reporting KB updates?
- Report Type
- Electronic Collection Name – When available, this column provides a link for the resource to the appropriate Alma editor.
- Title – When available, this column provides a link for the resource to the Electronic Portfolio Editor.
- Submit Date
- Before Change/After Change – The information in the Before Change and After Change columns represents the changes made globally as part of the Community Zone update job.
- Local Information – The information in the Local Information column identifies the local override information maintained by the library.
- Electronic collection deleted
- Electronic collection linking parameters update
- Electronic collection base URL updated
- Portfolio coverage update
- Portfolio deleted from non-auto-active package
- Electronic collection service deleted
In addition, weekly update logs regarding changes made in the Central Knowledge Base (CKB) are posted on the Ex Libris Knowledge Center and can be found here (https://knowledge.exlibrisgroup.com/Alma/Release_Notes/010_2018/14_Weekly_CKB_Updates).
What is the user community involvement in the development of the KnowledgeBase?
- Serve as an educational group for users of Ex Libris’ products.
- Facilitate communication between product users and Ex Libris; especially, represent user needs to Ex Libris by:
- Providing feedback on general company directions.
- Assisting the company in identifying needed major enhancements to existing products and new products.
- Setting priorities for the company’s product enhancements.
- Assisting the company in setting general priorities for meeting other user needs.
- Working with the company on the development of functional and technical specifications for both small and large-scale development; reviewing, testing, and providing feedback on development work.
- Facilitate communication among users of Ex Libris’ products and provide educational opportunities for users of Ex Libris’ products by:
- Organizing user conferences.
- Maintaining e-mail discussion lists for the entire membership and appropriate subsets of the membership.
- Maintaining a Web site for the organization.
- Providing a means for sharing locally developed documentation and reports.
- Providing forums for sharing best practices, e.g., workshops presented by users.
- Facilitating formation of interest groups for users that share similar concerns.
- The groups maintain a constitution and by-laws, and elect a steering committee who represent the organization’s membership in meetings with Ex Libris, particularly those that involve general communication with users, overall company direction, large-scale product enhancement, and integration of product functionality.
Can CKB electronic resources be localized?
Can local collections be added?
ProQuest Knowledgebase (New KB)
What is the ProQuest Knowledgebase and how does it relate to Alma?
Will the ProQuest Knowledgebase be further developed by Ex Libris?
How is Ex Libris using ProQuest Knowledgebase metadata in Alma?
Additional electronic collections from thousands of providers
Broader coverage of Open Access resources
Bibliographic record enrichment
Ease of customer migrations to Alma from the 360 Services and Intota
When did the integration work begin?
What is the status of the integration of ProQuest Knowledgebase metadata into Alma?
August 2016: Electronic full-text collections present in the ProQuest Knowledgebase that were not already available in the Alma knowledgebase are identified as future additions to the Community Zone. Content Operations and Data Services begins a multi-phase project to incorporate and harmonize identifiers between these two sources, to enable future Community Zone enrichment. An initial 46 full-text collections are added.
October 2016: More than 1.5 million ebook MARC records are uploaded into the Community Zone from the ProQuest Knowledgebase as part of the ongoing effort to enrich the metadata quality of ebook bibliographic records available for resource management.
February 2017: Approximately 9,000 electronic collections with descriptive records and URL access to the native interfaces, representing databases with no portfolio lists, are added from the 360 KB component of the ProQuest Knowledgebase. Having these “zero-title” e-collections as part of the Community Zone eliminates the need to create local e-collections representing these databases as part of the acquisitions process. As with any other e-collections, these e-collections can be activated and made publicly available in your discovery system.
May 2017: More than 60 additional electronic collections from the 360 KB component of the ProQuest Knowledgebase are added to Alma to increase the scope of available Community Zone collections and support the integration of Summon and Alma.
What further integration of the ProQuest Knowledgebase in Alma is Ex Libris considering?
How does integrating the ProQuest Knowledgebase help Intota and 360 Services customers move to Alma?
Does the ProQuest Knowledgebase replace the 360 KB or the SFX KB?