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Academic Request Form in development for Digital Content Store

25th September 2017

A new, fully-integrated online request form is being developed for academics and administrators to add digitisation requests directly into the Digital Content Store. 

CLA's DCS, our innovative rights, content and technology platform, included as an optional tool in the CLA Higher Education Licence, is soon to get an exciting new feature. 

The Academic Request Form allows HE professionals to upload their digitisation requests directly to the DCS rather than relying on their current setups, which include emails, forms and data systems. This new feature will optimise HE professionals' workflow and make accessing and providing content simpler than ever.

Academic and administrator details have been an optional detail in the DCS since it was launched, so administration for the Academic Request Form should be minimal. 81 Higher Education Institutions (HEIS) now use the DCS, with over 150,000 requests added to the platform.

The Academic Request Form is designed for simplicity and ease of use. Once submitted, the request is added into the DCS where library and digitisation teams have complete control over how it is processed and what metadata is used. From there, library and digitisation teams can process these requests into the DCS to create a link for the VLE or Reading list. The library and digitisation teams can also reject requests and send the academic requester an explanatory or confirmation email as part of the workflow. 

The Academic Request Form will be fully launched as part of the DCS in mid-October. This will coincide with the full release of the DCS Student Reader. Both these features are optional for HEIs using the DCS, which is included in the cost of the CLA Higher Education Licence


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. It is part of the CLA Higher Education Licence with 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 can access the extract via a secure link to the content held in the DCS.