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The Primo Central Index (PCI) is a centralized index that encompasses hundreds of millions of records of global or regional significance that are harvested from primary and secondary publishers and aggregators. These records include a mix of scholarly material – primarily articles and e-books – but also conference proceedings, newspaper articles, and more. In addition to citation metadata, many records include abstracts and some also include full text. The full text in the PCI is indexed and used for discovery, not for delivery. For more information about Primo Central, see Primo Central.
This document includes the following sections, which show how to enable the PCI and to configure additional settings associated with the PCI.
For information on how to publish holdings to the Primo Central Index, see Publishing to Primo Central.
Enabling the Primo Central Index
This section describes how to enable Primo Central and additional configurations (such as proxies and controlled vocabularies) for environments that do not support distributed access to electronic resources between campuses and libraries.
For institutions with a multicampus configuration, see Enabling the Primo Central Index in Multicampus Environments.
To configure the Central index and proxy settings:
Open the Central Index and Proxy set-up page (Configuration Menu > Discovery > Other > Central Index and proxy set-up).Central Index and Proxy Set-Up Page
PCI Configuration Fields Field Description Registration:PC KeyEnter the PC Key that you received in your Central Index registration email. If you have not registered with the Central Index service, click Register and follow the registration instructions.After you have saved your PC key and customer ID, the View my Profile link replaces the Registration link, allowing you to access the Central Index service and perform its configurations (such as activating collections and setting the location of the institutional holdings file). For more information, see Primo Central.Customer IDEnter the customer ID that you received in your Central Index registration email. Use Proxy:PC ProxyIf you want to allow off-campus users to access full text services at different vendor sites, you must select a resolver proxy profile from the drop-down list.If you have not cot configured a proxy, click Proxy Configuration. For more details on configuring a proxy, see Resolver Proxies.Use proxy for Primo Central linksSelect this check box if you want to use the selected proxy for Central Index links.Use proxy only if the user is off-campusSelect this check box if you want to use the selected proxy when the user is off-campus only.Do not proxy Open Access recordsSelect this check box if you do not want to use the selected proxy for open access records.
Enabling the Primo Central Index in Multicampus Environments
In Alma, electronic resources can be managed at the campus/library level. If there are significant differences between campuses/libraries in terms of electronic resource subscriptions, you should create a separate view and a Primo Central Index (PCI) profile for each campus/library defined for your institution. This ensures that the availability of full text is relative to each campus/library.
For details on how to configure multicampus environments, see the following documents:
To configure multiple PCI profiles:
On the Central Index and Proxy set-up page (Configuration Menu > Discovery > Other > Central Index and proxy set-up), click Add Library or Add Campus to open the Add Library dialog box or the Add Campus dialog box, respectively.Add Campus Dialog Box
Select the library/campus for which you want to create a separate PCI profile. The library/campus must be defined before you can create separate PCI profile for it.
Click Add and Close.Example - PC Profile for Campus
Edit the new PCI profile and refer to the PCI Configuration Fields table to fill in the fields.