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  1. Prepare for RDA

    We notice that RDA records (Resource Description and Access), which are now beginning to appear, are not being bookmarked fully with publication details into Aspire. This is because RDA uses MARC field 264 instead of 260, and Aspire doesn't yet 'recognise' 264. Please could Aspire be made 'RDA-ready' for when we, and no doubt many other customers, move to RDA.

    We haven't yet implemented RDA but plan to do so soon, and we are already accepting records for downloading that are in RDA MARC format.

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      6 comments  ·  Bookmarking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Extending the Bookmarklet's coverage

      The extension of the number of publishers, platforms and online services with which the Bookmarklet is compatible will be a key requisite for widespread academic adoption, and I've a number of suggestions:

      1) Customers should be able to view a domain level report, filterable by time span, of the 'most popular' domain sources of Bookmarked items in their tenancy

      2) Customers should try to agree a priority list of publishers and platforms to assist Talis in identifying the priorities for the expansion of the Bookmark's coverage

      3) Talis should publish (for customers) a guide indicating how the Bookmark works on…

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        2 comments  ·  Bookmarking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

        Although we have not implemted the exact specification that Richard describes here, have released the dynamic bookmarklet which has considerably extended the coverage of the bookmarklet and more importantly, we are now able to include new sites much easier and quicker. The Bookmarking Recognisers Suggestions forum will be used going forward to collect suggestions for new sites to include in the coverage.

      • Ability to set default link for Online Resource button

        At present when bookmarking electronic material the default order for links used for the Online Resource button is:

        1. Open URL
        2. DOI
        3. Web Address

        It would be useful if this could be configured for individual tenancies, as some customers may wish to have a different default order.

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          completed  ·  3 comments  ·  Bookmarking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Importing citataions

          From one of our academics ...

          Being able to import bookmark items from Delicious (others would want endnote).

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            6 comments  ·  Bookmarking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            completed  ·  chrisc responded

            This feature is complete but we are beta testing it with a small group of academics before making it generally available. This is so we can ensure the import is working for a wide range of situations.

          • When in editing return to where you last were

            When editing a list and you open ‘Edit metadata’ it would be great if closing the box took you back to where you last were rather than the top of the list. More of an issue when you are working on a huge long list.

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              0 comments  ·  Bookmarking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

              We have now resolved this issue. When you finish editing, you are no longer returned to the top of the list. Instead the item you were editing is at the top

            • Additional field 'Editor' in bookmarklet

              Sometimes monographs have authors of individual chapters but an overall editor. It is misleading to add their names as authors of the book in the 'Is Part of' tab when citing digitised chapters. Including 'Editor' as an optional additional field would improve these citations.

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                1 comment  ·  Bookmarking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Alternative authority catalogue for physical stock items not held by local library

                We're thinking through how the Bookmark tool could better support academic creation of a list where an academic wants to add items not yet held by the library (which may be subsequently purchased). To ensure that the library gets a good quality Bibliographic record from which to work, is it possible that alternative catalogues, such as COPAC (http://copac.ac.uk/) or the BL catalogue (http://catalogue.bl.uk/) could be configured to work with the bookmarking tool. We could then clearly advise academics: "If you don't find it in the library catalogue, try COPAC or the BL." I'm not currently clear…

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                  7 comments  ·  Bookmarking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  completed  ·  chrisc responded

                  We’re currently assessing the best way to implement this. We’ve been in contact with COPAC and are looking at Open Library. A solution closer to home would be to utilise the union catalog held in Talis Base.
                  My initial investigations show that coverage could be extended to WorldCat (and others) by making use of COINS metadata to pass the identifiers to Aspire, whereby Aspire would then look up those in your local catalog first, and then a union (if there was no local record).
                  We plan to implement this feature during September.

                • Linking to Ex Libris Primo

                  We are changing our catalogue from Ex Libris Voyager to Ex Libris Primo next year. Currently, there is no bookmark in Aspire that recognises Primo. We are hoping that Talis will be able to develop one

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                    0 comments  ·  Bookmarking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    completed  ·  chrisc responded

                    We released this on the 22nd July 2011. Anyone who wants to switch their catalogue to Ex Libris Primo please contact talis support.

                  • Author entries on bookmarks

                    When author details are brought in from catalogue or other source the format is surname, first name. However when you manually add this information to a bookmark the order is first name, surname. This results in author entries being inconsistent when viewed in a list and could confuse students when they are citing an item

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                      0 comments  ·  Bookmarking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

                      We made some changes to ensure that when bookmarking they are put into the relevant fields which do display as first name, surname. However, Author names are displayed in format Surname, First name on the list and in the bookmark. The only instance where this does not occur is where we have not been able to match the resource in the catalogue and we bring in the format taken from the source site.

                    • Extend search and indexing for My Bookmarks

                      The search facility in My Bookmarks appears only to pull back the Title index. At a minimum it would be useful to add some other key fields (notably Author) to that search. It would be good to offer an Advanced search option too, with field specific selection choices

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                      • Resource Type - Film

                        We have a large film collection and also subscribe to BoB.

                        It would be great to have a resource Type for Audio-Visual materials as book can be misleading as we may have a film and book of the same title.

                        If can it also default to appropriate fields then that would be even more efficient.

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                        • Display of journal information

                          Similar to the 'display of chapters' idea, which is due to be implemented, we have received feedback that academics would like the journal information to be shown in the reading list display i.e. without the student having to click through to the article title.

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