Weíre in the process of adopting Primo on the Health Sciences Campus of the University of Oklahoma. I think you may want to use a mechanism other than Primo for something like this. The reason I say this is that Primo is, essentially, an aggregator from multiple sources. As part of this aggregation process it reduces (in a very literal sense) incoming data streams in various formats, such as MARC or Dublin Core, to ďPNXĒ records . . . essentially a proprietary XML format designed around the display and delivery needs of the Primo tool. As such, the resultant data isnít nearly as rich or useful for your personalization purposes (I suspect) as the source data would be. Now, depending on the way the PNX is normalized by the institution using the tool, the PNX record could contain more information, or different types of information, than it would out of the box, but other than customizing location information, or similar facets of a record, there really isnít much reason for an institution to perform significant enrichment of the PNX data set. Primo is a pretty blunt instrument. If you really want to see the PNX for an individual record you donít need any kind of api, just add &showPnx=true to the end of the url (although thatís not a full solution for you, in and of itself, since that wonít work on the list of returns, only on single records). Beyond that, Iím not sure there is an API to do what you want. Most of the Primo apis seem to exist to augment some lacking baked in functionality. There is a Primo Central api, though I havenít really explored it much beyond using it in our system view. Remember, Primo is the bottom of the funnel . . . whatís left of the metadata at that point is largely lowest common denominator, IMHO.
If you want a richer data set to work with for purposes of experimental personalization (Iím guessing youíre building or preparing to build some kind of adaptive algorithm for this project) you would probably be better off grabbing query dependent records from research tools like the US National Library of Medicineís PubMed (through the publicly available Entrez tool). PubMed is mainly used for medical research, and the metadata it employs is, in many areas, still kind of thin (the controlled vocabulary used, MeSH, is outstanding, but fields like author and affiliation are not well normalized), but itís a much richer source than youíre likely to see from any PNX records. In addition, NLM offers some very robust apis that allow you to easily query and retrieve the records from a search in their full XML glory (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK25501/). This is just an example of course; there are other publically usable apis and plenty of vendor apis that your library might allow you some provisional access to (although that can be a big pain in the neck for them, since access to the api usually means getting you a password other than the master account password issued by the vendor and then terminating at the end of your project, assuming thereís no licensing issue).
Of course, this is my opinion based on our experience to date and other folks may have a very different take on Primo. I hope this is helpful and good luck with your project.
Jason Bengtson, MLIS, MA
Head of Library Computing and Information Systems
Assistant Professor, Graduate College
Department of Health Sciences Library and Information Management
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
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On Feb 13, 2014, at 11:00 PM, Marwah Khaled H Alaofi <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I'm studying at the Faculty of IT at Monash University in Melbourne,
> Australia, currently for a masters degree in IT.
> My research interest is in the applications of data mining and information
> retrieval in education and for my masters
> thesis I chose to investigate ways to personalise library search results
> for coursework students.
> My procedure is based on getting query-dependent results from Monash
> Library Exlibris Primo as complete records (i.e
> with metadata) and work from there to enhance the degree of relevance.
> In order for me to test my hypothesis I need to be able to use the API and
> fetch query-dependent results.
> I've asked for access from Monash Library but it is somehow taking so long!
> I was told that the API is
> restricted by the IP and that it is not likely I will be granted access.
> Well, I'm wondering if you could perhaps direct me to
> any educational library where Primo is used, preferably university library,
> and of which I can obtain an access to the API. If that is not likely to
> happen (or not possible in a limited time frame) I'd alternatively change
> my testing environment and look for another digital library system that can
> be easily accessed through a flexible API. I'll be glad to hear from you!
> It's a very important step in my research and any insights or
> recommendation will be highly appreciated.
> Thanks all,