Muse Release

We are thrilled to announce a new release of The Muse Platform, version Some of the highlights of the new version are presented below, the detailed list of changes is available in Muse Release Notes PDF Document.

New Features and Enhancements


Muse Search Application, version 8.8
  • The search results display area was extended to display inline holdings information, if available in the result's metadata. The holding items are displayed in a table format. It applies for results retrieved from library platforms where information about a library item is useful, such as the loan status, barcode, location, branch, etc. Because the holdings metadata varies from one library implementation to  another, to optimize the displayed metadata in the result's tile, the list of holding elements to display is configurable.
  • Text2Speech functionality was added to help people with vision impairments. More exactly the results metadata can be read into natural-sounding speech. Controls to start reading a result metadata  content were added to each result tile, at any time the reading can be stopped by pressing the pause icon. By default the reading icon is not enabled, the user must enable it from the Search Options panel located below the search form, by setting to Yes the Show Speech Controls radio button. Only a specific set of the results metadata fields is enabled for speech, depending on the content type of the result. For example for a book the following fields are read: the number of the result, its content type, the title, description/abstract, authors, ISBN identifiers.
  • New fields are displayed, if available in the retrieved metadata: Patent number, Inventor, Claims, Series and Part Of.
  • The name of the resource retrieving the result is now displayed in the result's tile footer, separated
    by the vertical bar from the rest of the elements. Previously the resource name was displayed in the
    same section but in between parentheses, just after the publisher information.
Muse Core and Modules
  • Reviewed the SOURCE field from the Muse record, which technically contained the APA style citation representation, to be general and not specific to only journal articles because the citation should be created for all types, not just journals. For this purpose we introduced the CITATION field: DATA:CITATION[@APA] and IDR:IDENTIFIER[@qualifier="bibliographicCitation", @scheme="APA"].
    Changes were made in all connectors and the citation parsing utility package.
  • Extended the statistical logging for the Translator modules. The API calls, number of translated characters, source and destination languages, etc. are now logged and can be used for statistical purposes.
  • Implemented statistical logging for the Send Email module. The following statistical information is now available about the emails sent by end users from the search application interface: number of emails sent, number of emails sent with search results as inline text, number of emails sent with results as attached file.
  • The MongoDB driver used by the Muse Central Index connector was upgrade to a newer version to work with the latest database versions.
Muse Central Index
  • A content repository was implemented for storing documents (like PDF files) referred from the ingested metadata. The solution is using the Jackrabbit framework which is already used in Muse. The ingestion process stores the associated files and a unique identifier is generated for referring it for download.
  • Ingesters were created for the new Spring DataFlow environment, for different content providers for titles harvesting.
  • Only the normalized TYPE values are indexed to be consistent with the implementation of the type value in the Muse Search application.
  • Added support in the ingester processor to make the citation field configurable, since implementation was done in the core modules to generate the citation information in the DATA:CITATION record field.
  • Updated the ingestion from MARC21 files to deal with invalid records that do not have a record terminator as their last byte, as specified by the record length stored in the record leader. The solution implemented was to compare the length of all fields with the length from the directory and fix it when it doesn't match.
Muse Admin Bridge (MCAA, MCCS)
  • Integrated the Boostrap framework in the Muse Console for Applications Administration and Muse Console for Customer Support, replacing the old CSS design and classes. Now the MCAA interface is responsive. The legacy consoles are still accessible, but using the lmcaa and lmccs IDs.
  • Now it is possible to search for a specific Muse Source Package in all installed Muse Applications. In the resulted listing with the applications in which the searched Source Package was found, it is possible to update its version to the latest one available in Muse Source Factory and to edit it.
  • Added a new main menu item called About and which provides the following features: Serial Number details, Java Virtual Machine information and System Version information.
  • Added a new main menu item for accessing the customer's account from the MuseKnowledge Statistics Platform. The access link is implemented transparently using a HMAC signature.
  • Improved the sources management with regard to groups, more exactly now a source can be added simultaneously in multiple groups. This is a different more useful approach than having to edit each group and add the sources
Muse Control Center
  • The FTP task was extended to support file transfers with the Amazon S3 service.
Tools and Utilities
Muse Proxy, version

The complete release notes are available in the Muse Proxy Release Notes.pdf document.

Muse LinkResolver, version

The complete release notes are available in the Muse LinkResolver Release Notes.pdf document.

Muse Identity Manager, version

The complete release notes are available in the Muse Identity Manager Release Notes.pdf document.


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