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The Digital Content Store celebrates its first birthday

7th July 2017

The Digital Content Store (DCS), our innovative content and workflow platform for Higher Education, has now been live for an entire year.

One year on from the official DCS launch party, 76 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are now using the system. The tool has grown into a richly populated platform, with over 133,000 items of valuable content accessed by students through over 1.5 million downloads.

The DCS is an optional rights, technology and content platform which is part of the Higher Education Licence. This has been developed in partnership with Kortext, the UK's leading digital textbook platform. The system is a searchable, cross-institution repository of PDF extracts created by HEIs for use in digital course packs; once an HEI digitises an extract, it may be assigned to a course for students to access via a secure link. Additionally, the DCS reduces administration as PDFs are captured by the system, removing the need to manually report what’s being copied.

We’re thrilled that users are benefiting from these features. Gerard McFall, Faculty Sub-Librarian at Ulster University, said:

“The DCS is a clear system that we can teach new staff members to use easily; it’s simplified our content delivery to the point where we’re now able to meet requests in just one week, where it used to take us three.”

The DCS has hit many significant milestones over the last year, including:

  • Successfully automating annual reporting requirements in its first academic year; 52% of content reported to the CLA was delivered by the DCS
  • Integration of the British Library and CLA’s Enhanced Higher Education Supply Service (EHESS) document delivery and outsourced scanning service
  • 5% of DCS content used by multiple HEIs, cutting down on scanning time

Eela Devani, Strategy and Digital Director, said:

“We are delighted that the Digital Content Store has been so well received by the Higher Education community. We believe that the DCS has had true impact on the sector, revolutionising content workflow management for HEIs that have adopted the system. This has all been made possible because of our fantastic relationship with our development partner, Kortext. We will continue to work with the sector to improve the product and further our efforts to make copyright simple for all our customers.”

We have continued to work with HEIs to further enhance and streamline the DCS for users, collaborating with customers and applying their feedback to make key improvements. Development in the last year has focused on enhancing user experience, creating easier methods of access for students, and increasing the efficiency of requesting document delivery items.

Annette Moore, Acquisitions and Metadata Librarian at the University of Sussex, said:

“The DCS, with its streamlined workflow, has changed our digitisation processes dramatically; we’ve been able to more than halve the time spent on individual digitisation requests allowing us to scale-up the number of requests processed this year, with the same number of staff and improve our service to users.”

After a great first year, we look forward to continuing development of the DCS, making copyright simple for HE librarians and improving students’ access to the valuable content they need, from any device at any time.

About the Digital Content Store

The DCS is an optional innovative rights, technology and content platform for Higher Education developed by CLA together with HEIs, publishers and technology partners and is part of the Higher Education Licence. The DCS is at its core a searchable repository of PDF extracts created by HEIs and a workflow management tool.  When extracts are digitised by HEIs under the CLA Licence, they are uploaded directly to the DCS. Once an extract is uploaded and assigned to a course, students are able to access the extract via a secure link to the content held in the DCS.