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Prism release 29th February 2016

We’re pleased to announce that the version of Prism that has been in preview recently has now been deployed to the live service.

This release includes:

  • Full text articles only in ILL request search
  • User not allowed to request ILL is given a suitable message
  • Online Joining form contact point defaults
  • Sign in with large or many lists
  • RSS feed fix
  • Copyright date display

Details of the inclusions are described in the preview release notice.

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions please get in touch. You can comment here on the blog, on the Prism forum and Prism Ideas or contact your Account Manager or the Prism team directly.

Prism Release Preview 22nd February 2016

We’re pleased to announce that the next release of Prism is now available for preview.
This release includes:

* Full text articles only in ILL request search
* User not allowed to request ILL is given a suitable message
* Online Joining form contact point defaults
* Sign in with large or many lists
* RSS feed fix
* Copyright date display

Full text EBSCO articles only in ILL request search
In Prism Pro ILL, when the user initially submits the details of their request, Prism checks whether the item is already available from the library and alerts the user if it is, including searching on EBSCO EDS where it is used. The search against EDS is now restricted to full text only, so results where only the abstract is available are ignored.

User not allowed to request ILL is given a suitable message
In Prism Pro ILL, users who are not allowed to request inter-library loans (either due to their Type, or because they’re blocked or owe more in charges than the limit configured in the LDS parameters) are now given a controlled message page instead of a technical error page. The default message text is ‘ Sorry you’re not allowed to request inter library loans. Please contact the library for further assistance’; as with all text, it can be customised.
ILL request disallowed message

Online Joining form contact point defaults
The Prism Pro Online Joining form allows four contact points: a postal address, an e-mail address and two telephone numbers. in this release, only the postal address and e-mail address are set as default. LDS version 1.10 or higher is required. This fixes a bug where all four contact points were being set as default.

Sign in with large or many lists
This fixes a problem where a user with large or many lists could be prevented from signing in to Prism. With this release the time taken to sign in is not affected by the volume of lists associated with the user, except when they have created a list anonymously and they are following the link in the list to sign in to keep it. We’re treating separately the issue of retrieving large or many lists.

RSS feed fix
RSS feeds that, for some libraries, are consumed on home or other pages to display new, popular and promoted titles are now working again – they had been giving an error. This was fixed in the December 2015 release.

Copyright date display
Copyright dates, displayed in the Details area of the Item Detail page are now correctly displayed as the year rather than the full  date-time as stored in the database. This was fixed in the December 2015 release.
Copyright date

Making the most of your preview
Please check the preview version as early as possible to familiarise with the new functionality and to ensure that your tenancy still behaves as expected in terms of both functionality, including extensions, and styling.

To preview this release, please precede your tenancy URL with ‘demo.’, like this: demo.capitadiscovery.co.uk/{your tenancy name}. If you have your own host name, you’ll need to use demo.capitadiscovery.co.uk instead.

Release to the live service
The release of Prism to the live service will be on Monday 29th February 2016.

Comments and contact
If you have any comments, questions or suggestions please get in touch. You can comment here on the Prism blog, on the Prism forum and Prism Ideas or contact your Account Manager or the Prism team directly.

Prism Release Preview 18th November 2015

We’re pleased to announce that the next release of Prism is now available for preview.
This release includes:
  • Results clustering
  • ePrints integration – author search
  • EDS Integration – Year Published facet
  • EDS Integration – select and sort facets
  • EDS Integration – fix hidden bib details for signed in users
  • Lists moderation queue fix
Results clustering
This release allows you to have search results clustered by work, expression or manifestation. The most recent publication in the cluster is displayed as the cluster representative in search results, with a link to view the other members of the cluster. The Item Detail page of any member of a cluster includes a link to view the other members of the cluster.Work cluster reps

With work or expression clustering this means that all editions are brought together and represented by the latest edition. Expression level clustering separates by format, for example book and ebook, whereas work level clustering ignores format so that books and ebooks can be in the same cluster.Cluster link on Item Detail

Adaptations and re-creations such as films of the book are treated as separate works, in agreement with FRBR and RDA definitions.

Manifestation level is intended to support consortial catalogues, bringing together instances of the same record from different consortium-members’ catalogues.

Clustering applies to the records posted to Prism from your LMS. We’re planning to extend this to other records that are indexed by Prism, typically those in Resource Management collections and harvested repository and archive metadata. Clustering does not apply to remote sources such as EDS or Summon.

You can see work-level clustering in action in our demonstration Prism tenancy. To get started, try the following searches and look for links to All formats and editions: english law keenan / dickens christmas carol / accounting finance / harry potter.

To get clustering in your Prism catalogue, please open a Support case and specify which level you would like to try (work or expression). Firstly, we will need to run a bulk MarcGrab to generate the clustering keys in your data. Clustering is switched off by default and we can switch between that and any level on request once the bulk MarcGrab has been done. We’ll switch it on for your Prism sandbox tenancy first to let you evaluate it; it can then be switched on for your main tenancy on request.

ePrints integration – author search

Where an ePrints repository is integrated with Prism for harvesting and indexing in Prism, author search is now supported. This works in the same way as in the local catalogue: you can simply search using key words from an author name, or use the author: search qualifer, e.g. author:mccluskey.

EDS Integration – Year Published facetEDS Year Published

In collaboration with EBSCO, the Date Published is now available in the EDS API and Prism uses it to provide a Year Published facet on EDS search results, allowing a range to be selected as in the local catalogue.

 

 

EDS Integration – select and sort facetsAdmin Facets EDS

If you have EBSCO DS integrated in Prism, in the Admin Console for your Prism tenancy in the Facets area you can now select the EDS facets that you wish to display with EDS search results, and you can arrange them into the order that you want them to appear. Save your changes and run Reset Tenant Cache in the Admin Console to make your changes appear in Prism.

EDS Integration – fix hidden bib details for signed in users

This fixes a problem where, for some EDS results where details are contractually hidden from guest users, the details remained unavailable when the user signed in.

Lists moderation queue fix

This fixes a problem where lists that users had opted to make public, in a pre-moderated environment, were not displaying in the moderation queue.

Making the most of your preview

Please check the preview version as early as possible to familiarise with the new functionality and to ensure that your tenancy still behaves as expected in terms of both functionality, including extensions, and styling.

To preview this release, please precede your tenancy URL with ‘demo.’, like this: demo.capitadiscovery.co.uk/{your tenancy name}. If you have your own host name, you’ll need to use demo.capitadiscovery.co.uk instead.

Release to the live service

The release of Prism to the live service will be on Wednesday 25th November 2015.

Comments and contact

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions please get in touch. You can comment here on the Prism blog, on the Prism forum and Prism Ideas or contact your Account Manager or the Prism team directly.

Watch the latest Prism Development Update Webinar

If you were unable to attend the Prism Development Update webinar on Monday 12th October or would like to review what we covered then you can catch up on the latest developments by watching the recording of the webinar below or by downloading the video.

Highlights include:

  • Recent developments review
    • Add to list and export references from integrated remote sources
    • Lists improvements
    • Integrated remote sources included in autocomplete and Build Search
    • E-resource links in Resource Management
    • Resource Management documentation
    • Stock Purchase Request
    • Account expiry date
    • Theme management and editing
  • Forthcoming features
    • Roadmap run-through
    • Admin Console

Prism Release Preview 20th August 2015

We’re pleased to announce that the next release of Prism is now available for preview.
This release includes:

  • Export results from remote sources to reference management tools
  • EndNote Web included in export options
  • Lists – add items from remote sources
  • Lists – add notes to individual items, and improved sorting
  • Lists – independent of borrower barcode
  • Autocomplete predictions for search on EDS, Summon & other integrated sources
  • Build Search for EDS, Summon and other integrated sources

ExpoExport from remote sourcesrt results from remote sources to reference management tools
You can now export results from searches on remote sources such as EDS and Summon and integrated sources such as a Calm archives dataset. It works in exactly the same way as exporting items from the local catalogue.

EndNote Web included in export options
We have added EndNote Web to the list of options for exporting references, on both individual search results and lists.

Lists – add items from remote sourcesLists including articles
You can now save to a list results from searches on remote sources such as EDS and Summon, and integrated sources such as a Calm archives dataset.

Lists – add notes to individual items, and improved sortingLists with individual notes
You can now add a note to an individual item in a list. The ‘Add Note’ button changes to ‘Edit Note’ when there is a note. We’ve also improved to moving of items up and down the list – wherever possible the item being moved is placed at the top of the screen to minimise your need to move the cursor.

Lists – independent of borrower barcode
The identity of the owner of a list is now based on their borrower ID rather than their barcode number. This means that when you issue a new library card with a new barcode number to a borrower who has created lists, they will still see their lists when they sign in to Prism with their new borrower number.

AuAutocomplete Summontocomplete predictions for search on EDS, Summon & other integrated sources
Autocomplete predictions are now offered on searches on integrated search targets and augmented discovery sources such as EDS, Summon and Calm, if you have autocomplete enabled in your tenancy.

Build Search for EDS, Summon and other integrated sources
You can now use the Build Search option to construct detailed queries against integrated search sources including EDS, Summon and Calm.

 

Making the most of your preview

Please check the preview version as early as possible to familiarise with the new functionality and to ensure that your tenancy still behaves as expected in terms of both functionality, including extensions, and styling.

To preview this release, please precede your tenancy URL with ‘demo.’, like this: demo.capitadiscovery.co.uk/{your tenancy name}. If you have your own host name, you’ll need to use demo.capitadiscovery.co.uk instead.

Release to the live service

The release of Prism to the live service will be on Thursday 27th August 2015.

Comments and contact

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions please get in touch. You can comment here on the Prism blog, on the Prism forum and Prism Ideas or contact your Account Manager or the Prism team directly.

 

Watch the latest Prism Development Update Webinar

If you were unable to attend the Prism Development Update webinar on Monday 10th August or would like to review what we covered then you can catch up on the latest developments by watching the recording of the webinar below or by downloading the video.

Highlights include:

  • Prism Roadmap run-through
  • Forthcoming features
    • Lists: add results from Summon, EBSCO DS and augmented discovery sources e.g. archives
    • Lists: notes per item, and improved list handling
    • Export to EndNote Web
    • Autocomplete search suggestions for Summon, EBSCO DS and augmented discovery sources e.g. archives
    • Advanced search for Summon and EBSCO DS

Watch the latest Prism Development Update Webinar

If you were unable to attend the Prism Development Update webinar on Monday 8th June or would like to review what we covered then you can catch up on latest developments by watching the recording of the webinar below or by downloading the video.

Highlights include:

  • Prism Roadmap run-through
  • Latest release
  • Forthcoming developments
    • Lists improvements
    • Discovery platform enhancements

Prism Release 6th January 2015

We’re pleased to announce that the version of Prism that has been in preview recently has now been deployed to the live service. Details of the inclusions are described in the preview release notice.

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions please get in touch. You can comment here on the blog, on the Prism forum and Prism Ideas or contact your Account Manager or the Prism team directly.

 

Prism Release Preview, 8th December 2014

We’re pleased to announce that the next release of Prism is now available for preview.
This release includes:

  • Reservation charge warning and confirmation
  • Schema.org microdata in Prism pages
  • Gender field change in the Prism Pro Joining form

 

Reservation charge warning and confirmation

The Reserve button on the item detail page now shows the charge for placing a reservation, where applicable. This is derived from the same rules as when the Reservation charge on buttonreservation is actually placed. When you’re not signed in the charge is displayed only if the library applies the same charge in all circumstances. If you click the button and sign in then the page is re-displayed as now, but with the charge displayed on the button as appropriate.
Reservation confirm
When signed in, clicking the button when there is a charge takes you to a new page where you are reminded of the charge and your chosen collection site and invited to either confirm or cancel. ‘Cancel’ takes you back to the item detail page without placing the reservation. ‘Confirm’ places the reservation and gives you a confirmed page with details of your reservation and a button to return to the item page. When there is no charge, clicking the Reserve button places the reservation directly and gives you the confirmed page.Reservation placed success

The various labels on the Reserve button in the different conditions are new texts in Prism. Old bespoke texts will no longer display, such as ‘Reserve this item (charges may apply)’. Bespoke variants of the new texts can be added as required: please open a Support case, as for any other Prism text change.

 

Schema.org microdata in Prism pages

Pages in Prism now include schema.org microdata embedded in the html. This has no direct effect on the use and appearance of Prism, but it integrates your content more meaningfully into the wider web for the benefit of users and libraries.

Microdata provides a structure and vocabulary to describe types of information, making the contents of web pages more meaningful to computers. This could include information about books and other library resources, people, services, and so on. It is understood by the major search engines and allows them to  provide more relevant results to users both in terms of ranking in response to queries and the information displayed. It is also used by web-based social media. The purpose for libraries is to increase the visibility of their resources and services on the web, and thus increase the use and perceived value of libraries.

Here are links to more information about structured data and schema.org.
 

Gender field change in the Prism Pro Joining form

The Gender field on the Prism Pro Joining form was not populating the LMS database. It has been removed. Instead, a Gender field can be added to the form as part of the implementation, using the library’s Analysis code data for gender if created and required by the library.

 

Making the most of your preview

Please check the preview version as early as possible to familiarise with the new reservation functionality and to ensure that your tenancy still behaves as expected in terms of both functionality, including extensions, and styling.

To preview this release, please precede your tenancy URL with ‘demo.’, like this: demo.capitadiscovery.co.uk/{your tenancy name}. If you have your own host name, you’ll need to use demo.capitadiscovery.co.uk instead.

We are aware of impacts on styling with this release, mainly concerning the Check Availability,  Reserve and Save buttons in the Results and Item Detail pages. If you are an Assist Managed customer or if you commissioned your Prism theme from us then we will fix any styling issues arising from this release before it goes live, and contact you individually to let you know when it has been done. Otherwise, here are some guidelines to help you fix any such issues.

Please refer to the Prism Design Guidelines (PDF)  for more extensive guidance on best practices.

To fix issues with the buttons it is advisable to defer to the base Prism styling as much as possible as we’ve ensured a set of defaults that should render well on all browsers, including mobile devices, and provide ample area to click.

Otherwise, removing fixed widths on buttons, as well as custom padding, and any fixed-width images will be a required first step – this ensures that button text can be changed and not break rendering. Most background images that we’ve seen used in Prism themes can be successfully implemented with pure CSS.

If you’ve hidden buttons on the search results page (e.g. to stop the “Save” button appearing) you’ll need to use the more specific CSS selector, which should fix 99% of issues:

#searchaction ul.itemActions li.listAction { display: none; }

 

Release to the live service

The release of Prism to the live service will be on Monday 5th January 2015.

If you need to resolve any styling issues we  strongly recommend that you endeavour to do that before Christmas.

 

Comments and contact

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions please get in touch. You can comment here on the Prism blog, on the Prism forum and Prism Ideas or contact your Account Manager or the Prism team directly.

Watch the latest Prism Development Update Webinar

If you were unable to attend the Prism Development Update webinar on Monday 27th October or would like to review what we covered then you can catch up on latest developments by watching the recording of the webinar below or by downloading the video.

Highlights include:

  • Prism Roadmap run-through
  • Recent releases recap, including:
    • Institutional repository integration
    • Reservation queue position in My Account > Reservations
    • Publication etc data model improvements
    • Consortial catalogues
  • Developments in progress
    • Work-level grouping of results (‘FRBRisation’)
    • Data model enhancements for people, organisations and subjects