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    What Is CDI?

    The Ex Libris Central Discovery Index (CDI) is a central, unified discovery index that has an upgraded infrastructure that supports both Primo and Summon – our discovery products that serve as a gateway to academic resources and services.

    Background

    Our content, cloud, and support operations are now unified under one organization. As a result, we have been able to create a more agile operation, introduce new services, and enhance product performance, across both discovery products - Summon and Primo.

    With the move from the separate indices underlying Summon and Primo to CDI, we will be able to deliver an even more robust content index and expand the services that leverage it. The ingestion of local data will continue to function as before.

    We fully recognize our customers' choice of which discovery system is the best fit for their organization, and we continue to support both Summon and Primo as our flagship discovery products and to provide dedicated roadmaps for each product.

    What Are the Key Benefits of the CDI?

    • Increased scalability and an improved infrastructure that is designed to address future challenges
      • Expanded content coverage
      • Continuous content enrichment and focus on data quality
      • Continued content neutrality
      • Granular resource types
    • Enhanced operational efficiencies for our customers, content partners and Ex Libris

    Our content partners benefit from:

    • Data delivery and ingestion into one index
    • Streamlined problem resolution using a single system monitoring

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

    • We are delivering to both Summon and Primo Central FTPs. What will change?

    One of the benefits of CDI is you will only need to supply to one FTP, details available with our Provider Relations team (Provider.Relations@Exlibrisgroup.com) or reach out to the team member you are usually in contact.

    Please coordinate a cutover of your data delivery with our Provider Relations representatives

    • We are currently supplying a metadata feed for just one Discovery product (either Summon or Primo Central). What will change?

    One of the benefits of CDI is you will only need to supply to one FTP, details available with our Provider Relations team (Provider.Relations@Exlibrisgroup.com) or reach out to the team member you are usually in contact.

    Please coordinate a cutover of your data delivery with our Provider Relations representatives

    • Who in Ex Libris should be contacted to include metadata feed in CDI?

    Please contact our Provider Relations team at Provider.Relations@Exlibrisgroup.com or reach out to the team member you are usually in contact.

    For metadata requirements and formats, please refer to the Ex Libris Central Discovery Index (CDI) Content Submission Guide

    • How to ensure our content is only searchable for the valid mutual subscribers?

    Search permissions are managed on the collection level for each customer institution. We will work with you to ensure that your collections are represented accurately in the knowledgebases (360, SFX, Alma), so your content is correctly displayed in the Discovery products (Primo, Summon).

     


    • Article last edited: 02-Dec-2020
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