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  1. Add Unpaywall database to the Summon index

    Unpaywall is a service which harvests Open Access content directly from over 50,000 repositories. It's rapidly becoming the leading source of information about legal OA content across the web.

    Unpaywall offer a 'database snapshot', a complete dump of everything we know about every Open Access DOI that exists.

    I think it would be a great idea for Summon to incorporate this data in its index. It would allow a much greater level of direct linking to Open Access content for all Summon users.

    (It's already possible to integrate Unpaywall's API with 360link for individual, article-by-article requests.)

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    • Make it a higher priority to work with Ebook Central on deduplication, titles missing from Summon etc.

      Some Ebook Central titles do not appear in Summon, while others appear multiple times. Some are not linked with the library's print title. Work with Ebook Central to reduce the incidence of these errors.

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      • Books that have popular alternative titles (i.e. 'Civil Procedure' = 'The White Book') should be searchable under those titles

        Books that have popular alternative titles (i.e. 'Civil Procedure' = 'The White Book' in most law libraries) should be searchable under those titles. At the very least Summon should prioritise the 246 alternate title field more than it currently does.

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        • Improve handling of duplicates with common titles

          Currently, Summon prevents certain common titles from participating in the match & merge process if they are on the "Bad titles" list or the reach a certain count in the "Overmatch" algorithm. This process should be improved so that "real" titles are allowed to merge.

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          • Summon Content: Include BASE (Bielefeld Academic Search Engine) data for Open Access documents

            BASE (https://www.base-search.net/) is one of the most comprehensive search engines for scientific documents and especially contains valuable information on open access documents (flagged as such). If Summon would include this part of the BASE data many if not most of the open access repositories wouldn't have to be addressed individually. As a competing index contains the BASE data it shouldn't be impossible to get them for Summon.

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            • Prioritise published articles over repository content

              Where there is a published version of an article in a journal and the same article in our open access repository, we would like Summon to put the published version first in the search results.

              This request has come from our academics who are concerned that people are choosing the top result (the pre-publication version in our repository) and missing the published version. This is particularly a problem when the repository version is only available on request or has limited access.

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              • Define content types non-exclusively

                Define content types non-exclusively, i.e., allow multiple content type definitions to apply to a single resource -- for example, the same resource might be both a "catalog" and a "book." Defining it as a "catalog" should not mean it is excluded in a search limited to "books."

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                • add OverDrive to Summon

                  A lot of universities are using OverDrive[https://www.overdrive.com/].
                  Please add this to Summon's KB.

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                  • French topics be expanded to include other sources even if In other words, in the French language Summon interface, it is currently by desi

                    French topics be expanded to include other sources even if we use a French language Summon interface.

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                    • Psychotherapy.net

                      Please include psychotherapy.net videos in the Summon index. These videos are indexed on other platforms (e.g. Kanopy), but we would prefer links to psychotherapy.net itself.

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                      • Partial Summon data loads should be ingested into the index within one to two days

                        Instead of waiting for a weekend data load to be indexed live on Friday and weekday loads to be indexed live on wednesday, it would be best to have all partial data loads added to the index within 1 to 2 days of submission.

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                        • Solving the issue of Inconsistent search results and “disappearing” articles on Summon

                          We often find that identical searches performed on consecutive days come up with different numbers of results, and articles found when doing the search on one day don’t appear when doing the search on another day. The explanation we have been given is that it depends which server you hit with your search, but shouldn't the contents of each server be identical? This is especially problematic if you are running a workshop where students are completing a worksheet where they are asked to give numbers of results. The missing content is obviously an issue if you find something useful one…

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