proximity search operator for fulltext search in Primo Central
A strong argument for a discovery index compared to a bibliographic database is the incorporation of full text in the index. I have not found an actual number or a percentage how many Primo Central collections are full text searchable. But we all know: it is significant. Since this year all Primo Central searches will always expand to full text.
The most powerful feature for full text search is proximity.
Aleph was able to support proximity for small hitsets
... and Summon has a proximity feature
Proximity search is currently not supported nor planned in the Primo/Primo Central roadmap. Although as part of the search engine algorithm the proximity is being calculated and records in which the query words are closer (we call the distance slop) will be rank higher.
It would be great to add proximity operator to the Primo search syntax and to support proximity search in Primo Central.
Cathy Michael commented
I would like this ability as well. I'm searching in PQ and using the NEAR operator. I would like to conduct the same strategy in PRIMO.
Stacey van Groll commented
I would love to see this in Primo, for full text and for record metadata, which are both available in Summon.
Our site was on Summon when I was studying myself and I constantly used this functionality for my research and assignments, as a key strategy to improve ranking of results for several keywords.
It is a vital tool for topic searches for beginner and more advanced researchers alike, to help sift through the hundreds of millions of results, by improved targeting of results and moving them into prominent position.
William Fischer commented
Our college Liberians are well versed in search techniques and would appreciate this addition to Primo. They used that search feature in our previous resource discovery software solution and would like to see it added to Primo.