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Digital Content Store steps up its offering with Born Digital

We’re delighted to announce that our Digital Content Store (DCS) has enriched its catalogue with publisher original content in a new feature called Born Digital. Born-digital content is content that has been supplied directly from publishers to the CLA for use on the DCS.

Now in its sixth year, the DCS is our innovative copyright and course-pack management tool for Higher Education licensees. Since the platform’s launch, it has become one of the widest-used technology tools in the Higher Education Sector, with 145 UK HEIs using it.

The long-awaited addition of born-digital content will mean that over 50,000 titles have been added to the DCS repository, giving users the ability to create high quality scans for their digitisation requests and saving library teams having to source and scan their own content in-house. On top of this, the high quality, accessible scans will enhance the student reading experience.

The current digitisation request workflow in the DCS will not change and the process for creating a scan from Born Digital content will be quick and easy and fully integrated into the current DCS workflow. HEIs will still have to own a copy of the material in order to be able to create extracts from this publisher original content, just as they would if using a scan from another HEI.

For the initial launch, Born Digital includes content from Burleigh Dodds, Kogan Page, Taylor & Francis, and Wiley, with content from additional publishers coming soon.

For more information, please see our KnowledgeBase articles for Born Digital:

  1. Release Notes
  2. How to use Born Digital Content
  3. How to search for Born Digital material
  4. Born Digital FAQs

Clair Gordon, DCS Product Manager, said:

“The DCS team are delighted to announce the launch of Born Digital! We hope that this initiative helps improve students’ access to high quality content, whilst also saving our librarians time having to source and scan their own content for digitisation requests.

We are thrilled to be partnering with such a varied list of publishers and are excited to see how the repository will grow in future. We hope that this Born Digital content has a positive impact on our HEIs day-to-day work with the DCS, and we look forward to hearing your feedback!”


DCS users at the University of Strathclyde said:

“After a long time in the pipeline Born Digital Content has finally arrived in the DCS. The project to deliver this content has been going on in the background at CLA for many years and I, for one, am very pleased to see it reach fruition. Searching for and accessing the content is straight forward within the usual DCS interface and the high quality files should allow us to make even more extracts available to academics without physical scanning saving library staff work and reducing turnaround times.”

About the DCS

The DCS is an optional innovative rights, technology and content platform for Higher Education developed by CLA together with HEIs, publishers and technology partners. The platform is part of the CLA Higher Education Licence.

The DCS is, at its core, a searchable repository of PDF extracts created by HEIs or supplied by publishers 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.

You can find out more about the DCS and how your institution can start using it here.