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CLA launches Digital Content Store (DCS) Student Reader

30th August 2017

A Student Reader delivered by the Digital Content Store (DCS) and powered by Kortext, our development partner, has been launched.

The Digital Content Store (DCS) Student Reader is the latest enhancement to the DCS, our optional innovative rights, content and technology platform included in the CLA Higher Education Licence. The DCS Student Reader is an in-browser reading platform that offers a high-quality user experience for students accessing valuable content through the DCS. Pilot partners will be the first to test the DCS Student Reader starting in the next few days, before a live launch in the next couple of weeks. On its main launch it - and any subsequent third-party integrations - will be an optional feature for HEIs using the DCS. Both platforms are included in the cost of a CLA Higher Education Licence with no additional fees.

The DCS Student Reader allows students to view, download, or print digital content within the reader itself. It’s easy to navigate and compatible with screen readers, giving students greater flexibility and access to content. Its interface offers English and Welsh language options to support the requirements for all our licensees and, for content with OCR, students may search the document, copy quotations to their clipboard and search the web.

David Duffield, Product Manager at CLA, said:

We are delighted to announce this new feature for Digital Content Store users. We believe that the DCS Student Reader will offer simple access to content for both HEI professionals and students, letting the former assign content easily while the latter has a simple platform to access, cite and download content as needed. We look forward to continued growth of the DCS Student Reader with HEIs and with Kortext, our development partner.

As the platform continues to grow, future updates will allow for more metadata to be available, meaning HEIs can gather analytics on student views, downloads and printing. We also plan to allow third-party readers to integrate with the basic DCS Student Reader for students to download into, allowing for an even greater level of functionality and analytics, should HEI’s wish to have this capability added to their DCS space.

Andy Alferovs, Managing Director of Kortext, commented:

We are excited to continue to support CLA as they add increased capabilities and functionality to the DCS to support HEIs , facilitating easy access to and use of digital resources for teaching and learning. A core component of our mission at Kortext.

About the Digital Content Store Student Reader

The DCS Student Reader is an optional additional feature for HEIs using the Digital Content Store (DCS). Both the DCS Student Reader and DCS itself are included in the cost of the CLA Higher Education Licence with no additional fees. The DCS Student Reader gives students easy access to content uploaded and assigned through the DCS, where they can choose to read within the browser, download a PDF, print, and automatically cite copied quotations. Soon the reader will allow for integration with third-party reader platforms, which students can download their PDFs directly into.

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 CLA Higher Education Licence offered at no additional cost. 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.

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