We have now launched Born Digital!
On June 22nd 2022, the DCS repository was enriched with over 50,000 publisher original book titles. This means that DCS users now have the option to add high quality, publisher original content to their digitisation requests, without having to take the time to source and scan their own content.
We have launched with content from the following publishers:
- Burleigh Dodds
- Humanities eBooks
- Kogan Page
- Taylor & Francis
We will continue to add publisher original content to the DCS, and will notify users as to when these updates are coming.
The digitisation process will remain largely the same, but users will notice a number of small changes to the DCS, listed below.
We are currently experiencing some issues with requests for roman numeral page ranges within Born Digital content. Work is ongoing to get this issue resolved post-launch, but in the meantime, we would like to ask customers to refrain from extracting roman numeral ranges for now. There is nothing stopping you from extracting these page ranges, but the chances are that you will receive an incorrect page range and will need to delete the extract.
For roman numeral page range requests, we would recommend that you upload your own PDF as normal.
We will keep everyone updated as to the progress of the resolution and let you know when you are able to extract these page ranges from Born Digital material.
The search page in the left hand navigation pane has been renamed "Search and Discover":
Users will also notice that the appearance of the Books/Articles toggle has been changed to a cleaner design. Users will also see the addition of a drop down box with the options "All Content" and "Born Digital". Users are able to filter their search results by content which has Born Digital material associated with it, or by all content in the DCS (Born Digital and non-Born Digital). This will be especially useful if a user wishes to see Born Digital content in the DCS from a specific publisher (i.e. enter Taylor & Francis in the Search bar, select "Born Digital" from the drop down and click "search"):
When searching by "All Content", Born Digital content will be indicated with the below icon next to it. Born Digital content will always appear at the top of the search list:
When selecting the record for the book you wish to make an extract from, the metadata panel will show as normal, with the addition of the Born Digital icon next to the book title:
You may enter the page range as normal, or add a new record if the content shown is not what you are looking for.
Content Request Page
This page remains the same, with the addition of a book cover for Born Digital content (for requests for ISBNs which do not have Born Digital ISBNs associated, there will be no book cover shown):
Source Content Panel
The Source Content panel is now split into three different sections:
1. Born Digital Original - if there is a piece of Born Digital material associated with the ISBN you are searching for, the book to create an extract from is saved here. Details included:
-Source - the publisher that has supplied the content
-Extract detail - this will always be "Complete Book" for Born Digital. The full book is stored on the CLA's Education Platform (EP), not the DCS.
-Page range - this will show you the page range of the full book stored in EP
-Colour scale - Colour scale of book stored in EP
-OCR - is the full book OCR'd or not?
2. Born Digital Extracts - once you have created your extract (details below), it will be stored locally on the DCS (as PDFs are now) in this panel. From here, you can select your content to use, as can other HEIs providing the content is covered under the CLA licence and the HEI can prove ownership.
-All parameters listed above
-Filesize - size of the file you have just extracted from the full book
-Preview - Users have to option to preview the page range they have extracted to ensure it matches their search criteria.
3. Crowd-sourced extracts - this is where any non-Born Digital content is stored (that is, PDFs uploaded by HEIs).
-All parameters listed for Born Digital Extracts
Creating a Born Digital Extract
To create a Born Digital extract, click on the "Create Extract" button in the Born Digital Originals section.
A confirmation screen will appear with the book metadata and the request information within it. If you click "back", you will be taken back to the Source Content Panel. If you click "confirm" your extract will generate:
Extracts will generate in the Born Digital Extracts section. **PLEASE NOTE** in order for the generation of the extract to complete you will need to click on the green refresh button in the header of the Source Content panel:
You will see the following new icon:
- this icon means "recommended by the DCS". Wherever you see this icon, this means that this is the best option for you to use (which usually occurs next to Born Digital content as this will be of the highest quality). You do not need to choose the recommended content, this is just a suggestion.
The gold star icon refers to what it has always done - an exact match. That is, this piece of content matches the page range you have selected.
Selecting Born Digital content and sharing content link
Click on "select" as you would normally, and the field will highlight:
Click the "Generate link" button as normal and share with the requester. If you use a Reading List Management System integration (Talis Aspire, ExLibris Leganto or KeyLinks), the link will synchronise with your reading list as normal.
For any queries, or if you notice something not working correctly, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.