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Digital Content Store hits 1.5 million student downloads

28th June 2017

We are pleased to announce that the Digital Content Store (DCS), our innovative rights, technology and content platform for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), has now reached over 1.5 million student downloads.

The system, which has been live for just under one year, has now been adopted by 74 HEIs across the UK and serves over 45% of full-time equivalents (FTEs) in the UK.

Since its launch, the DCS has grown significantly into a richly populated content platform, now with over 133,000 items of content uploaded into the DCS for students to benefit from.

This milestone comes shortly after the completion of the third phase of development. The key focus of this phase had been to improve user experience, develop easier methods of access for students, and to increase the efficiency of requesting document delivery items. These changes have enabled further streamlining of library workflows in HEIs, enabling greater student access to essential learning content, and granting HEIs superior data to better shape content provision.

We continue to develop the DCS as part of our ongoing mission to make copyright simple for HE librarians and to enable students’ easier access to the valuable content they need, from any device at any time.


About the Digital Content Store

The DCS is our innovative rights, technology and content platform for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) developed by CLA together with HEIs, publishers and technology partners. The platform is included in the CLA annual licence fee and is an optional tool for licensees.

The DCS has at its core, a searchable repository of digital copies created under the licence 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. The system removes the need for annual census reporting, reducing the data reporting burden on the HE sector and creating time and administrative efficiencies through streamlining the digital course pack creation process.