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  1. Add Breadcrumbs (Collection Path) to Alma Viewer

    Like Hansel & Gretel, would be good for users to have a trail of breadcrumbs to follow home.

    That is option for Alma Viewer to display the context of the item (which collection the item belongs to if any) as defined by Alma Collections and published to Primo discovery collection lobby.

    This would enable the user, provided with a deep-link to an item in Alma Viewer, to browse related items (other items in the same collection) in Primo or return home where applicable.

    54 votes
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  2. Digital itemized sets

    Currently it is impossible to create an itemized set of digital titles/representations/files as the option of Rep ID header is not recognized by the system.

    52 votes
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  3. Do not publish to Primo bibliographic record if all its representations are inactive

    If a record does not include any material that the end-user can display or access, then it should not be searchable in Primo.
    For physical inventory, there is an option to enable the suppressBibWithSuppressedHol setting which means that if all physical holdings in a bib record are suppressed, then the bib record will automatically be suppressed from discovery.
    This idea asks to add similar option to digital content (Alma-D): when enabling the suppressBibWithSuppressedRep setting, any bib record that all its digital representations are inactive, will be automatically suppressed from discovery.

    45 votes
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  4. Add MMSID header when creating digital titlles sets

    Currently, when we import digital material records as digital representations which is digitized from the physical books, first, we usually create all titles set using the “MMSID”header, to put the physical titles into a collection. But only digital titles can run the withdraw digital representations job. So it would be very useful to add MMSID header when creating digital titles set. And then we can use this set to apply the withdraw digital representations job. Or add “all titles”content type in withdraw digital representations job instead.

    32 votes
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  5. Related Digital Record Support

    For physical and electronic records there is a support for "related records" functionality / analytic cataloging (represented by 773 MARC field).

    We suggest to add this important functionally to digital records, so that the digital representation will be displayed in the View-It section of the related record as well as in the View-It of the main record (just as it is done for physical records by inheriting the inventory to the related record).

    32 votes
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  6. Extension Indexing for Alma-D

    Publish the complete amazon S3 repository URL of a file contained as a digital object, so that Primo could fetch the data with a file splitter.

    25 votes
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  7. Publish Alma-D to Google Scholar

    By now it is not possible to publish Alma-D (Bib/Representation/File) to google scholar. There should be an option to publish Alma-D to google scholar at least on a set- or collection level.

    22 votes
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  8. Reverse sort order option in ALMA for Digital Representation list displayed in Primo for a Bibliographic record

    If you attach several Digital Representations to one bibliographic record in ALMA, and each representation has one file attached, then all those Digital Representations (with their file) will be displayed in the U-Resolver display in Primo for the bibliographic record.
    In this scenario, there is currently no way in ALMA to alter the sort order of how the Digital Representations display in Primo. The default is alphabetical order, or numeric order. It would be useful to be able to choose reverse alphabetical or numeric order. This would allow a scenario where the year could be placed at the start of…

    21 votes
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  9. Rights information in MARC records to display in Alma viewer


    1. Rights information for digital objects may be recorded in MARC fields:
      a. 540 (https://www.loc.gov/marc/bibliographic/bd540.html)
      b. 542 (https://www.loc.gov/marc/bibliographic/bd542.html)
      c. Possibly some other places too.
      There are only limited options in Configuring Delivery Profiles Metadata for MARC profile. - https://knowledge.exlibrisgroup.com/Alma/ProductDocumentation/010AlmaOnlineHelp(English)/030Fulfillment/080ConfiguringFulfillment/070DigitalFulfillment?uxp=true#ConfiguringDeliveryProfiles_Metadata There are no options to choose which MARC tags appear in the description area of the viewer.

    We would like to be able to configure the display of these fields in the Alma Viewer.

    17 votes
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  10. Display record format in search results and browse pages

    We catalogue Alma-D material in both MARC and DC formats.
    We would like an easy way to determine which format a record is in when viewing it from either an Alma results page or browsing through a collection.

    This could be done with the addition of the record format field to the brief record display.

    9 votes
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  11. Short url in sharing Buttons Added To Alma Digital Viewers

    At the October 2018 release the following change was made "Social Network Sharing Buttons Added To Alma Digital Viewers". Now it would be a good idea to add the option to generate a "short url" for the records, since it generates a very long url for services such as twitter for example.
    Thanks

    8 votes
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  12. Publish Alma-D to Google (Fulltext .txt, .pdf) and Google Images (.jpg, .tiff etc.)

    Provide option to Publish collection from Alma to Google (files of type .txt, .pdf for full-text indexing by Google) and Google Images (in the case of img formats .jpg, .tiff, etc.)

    This is an alternative to Primo discovery layer (Google is moderately popular search engine, Bing and Baidu etc.)

    https://images.google.com (or click Images tab in Google) show photos and thumbnails from all over the Internet, and Google allow you to upload an image and search where it came from or similar images which may be helpful to publish/assert the origins of a file.

    7 votes
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  13. Create or modify XMP, IPCT or Exif metadata of digital assets in batch

    The owner or copyright statement in the XMP, IPCT or Exif metadata of a digital object stored in Alma can change. If this happens, you need to export the digital Objects like PDFs or images change the XMP, IPCT or Exif metadata and reimport the assets. By consequence, the docid changes and permalinks to these images are not valid anymore.
    It would be useful, if Alma could create or modify XMP, IPCT or Exif metadata of digital assets stored in the AWS cloud in bulk.

    6 votes
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  14. Access rights: Not available after X date

    Add an access rights parameter 'not available after x date' OR 'available till dd/mm/yyyy'

    Essentially an inverse embargo period.

    This would be extremely helpful for purchased and copyright material for which we have a limited licence, e.g. one semester or one calendar year.

    5 votes
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  15. Allow batch deletion of digital collections

    Batch creation is possible by EAD import, but batch deletion is impossible. Even though batch deletion for a collection with its sub-collections is allowed, there are limitations that the collections should be empty and must be in the same hierarchy. It would be great if I can make a set with the scattered empty collections' PIDs and delete them at once, as long as there is no sub-collection of the to-be-deleted collection.

    4 votes
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  16. Enhance reporting for digital import profiles to harvest remote repositories

    Currently the report generated after a digital import profile to harvest metadata from a remote repository has run is extremely minimal. It just states that a job "completed with errors", see attached file.

    I'd like to recommend 3 enhancements. The first is to provide more information about the errors. For example, the harvest failed because the records listed below are invalid. The second recommendation is to provide a maximum error threshold like what is currently available in Primo. Lastly, integrate an option to strip any HTML and escape invalid characters as part of an import profile normalization process.

    These enhancements…

    4 votes
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  17. Thumbnail selection job for collection lobby

    Alma can create a thumbnail for digital files but it can't do it for collections. It is not efficient to select or upload each thumbnail manually for many collections. It would be helpful if there is a job that Alma selects the first or any random image from the files in the collections and show it as the thumbnail of the collection on Primo.

    3 votes
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  18. Import profiles for dublin core bib update

    We can create a repository type import profile to update/remove fields of a set of MARC records or POLs but cannot for DC records. It would be great if we can match and update dublin core bibs by importing an xlsx or xml file.

    3 votes
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  19. Selecting/deselecting multiple sets for OAI harvest

    The configuration of the digital collections import profile allows you to declare sets, but the only current options seem to be to harvest all sets or to harvest single sets individually. There's no way to CTRL-Click to include multiple sets.

    This CTRL-Click functionaity and/or set exclusion should be a feature request. For most collections, we have one or two sets that should be excluded and dozens that should not. Doing dozens of individual harvests is impractical.

    1 vote
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  20. Allow more then 5 Digital Resource Copyright Declarations

    By now Digital Resource Copyright Declarations are limited to 5 declarations. This is not enough and not even covering all CC licenses. There should be an unlimited number of copyrights or at least 20.

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