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Add "Google Scholar XML" as a publishing profile exported data format

Adding the Google Scholar format as an exported data format will make it possible for us to automate our holdings exports for various vendors including RapidILL and Browzine.

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      • Julie Neenan commented  · 

        I agree with the comments made by others. Automating this would be beneficial - at the minute we rely on a alert in a shared calendar to remember to do this for BrowZine.

      • Pauline Smith commented  · 

        I wish Ex Libris could have a feature where we can schedule export jobs for different vendors. I created a Python script to run the job via API, however, the files will go to the institution folder instead of the private folder. I do not know how that would affect anything. And then, I have to do window scheduling to run the script, which I have not done before. It is too much work and requires too much programming knowledge. It would be perfect if Alma has a scheduling export job feature for us to select different schedules.

      • Wayne Morris commented  · 

        University of South Wales support this idea to enhance our workflows.

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        Second this idea as an enhancement for efficient workflow.

      • Sharon Robinson commented  · 

        We are thinking about Browzine at the moment so it would be great if the processes could be scheduled.

      • Sue Dentinger commented  · 

        The job to output to Browzine was easy enough to create although it would be nice if it were automated. The real problem is that you can't schedule it to run on a regular basis causing unnecessary manual work and having to put it in your calendar to do. There are enough Browzine and RapidILL sites out there that it would be great to have these as standing jobs you could enable on a schedule you set. Thanks for considering it. Sue Dentinger, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison.

      • John Seguin commented  · 

        John from Third Iron here! Thanks for posting this enhancement request Thomas. Indeed, all of our mutual BrowZine/Alma customers would benefit from this enhancement as ALMA is the only system available that does not provide automatic data feeds to BrowZine on a routine basis. We will direct or other mutual customers to this enhancement request for them to upvote/comment as well. The only thing I would add to this request, for the sake of simplicity of users it to consider making one of the options in step 1 shown here: https://developers.exlibrisgroup.com/blog/Exporting-Electronic-Portfolios-from-Alma-to-BrowZine be clearly labeled as a "Setup Automatic Export to BrowZine" for new users rather than having them have to check all the boxes correctly as outlined in the above Ex Libris Developer Blog. While not required of course for this to work, this would certainly make for the best possible user experience!

      • Sue Dentinger commented  · 

        Thanks Asaf. There are at least two institutions at the Univ of Wisconsin consortium who would be interested in this as well.

      • Joe Devanna commented  · 

        In order to export holdings to BrowZine in Alma currently you need to manually run an export of holdings via FTP.

        It would be helpful to have an out-of-the-box publishing profile to schedule a weekly export to BrowZine.

        Currently you can set up a manually configured publishing profile to export in marc21 or kbart schema, BrowZine requires the Google Scholar XML schema.

      • Thomas McNulty commented  · 

        While that is the process we currently follow that process is not scheduled/automated. Adding the Google Scholar XML format would enable us to schedule the job using a publishing profile on a regular basis and take these routine jobs off our plate.

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