We’re getting very close to launching our new ScholarsArchive site using the Digital Commons software platform and wanted to give you a preview of a few changes you can expect.
- New landing page
- The new ScholarsArchive homepage will have some new features, such as a map showing real-time content downloads. Little pins will pop up showing where the person is located who is downloading the content, as well as what they are viewing (see sample image at the bottom of this blog).
- There will also be some fun stats such as top 10 downloads and a graphic showing how many items come from the various disciplines (i.e. life sciences, humanities, etc.).
- Monthly stats for authors
- Authors and Journal Editors will receive monthly download reports showing how many times their work was downloaded and what search terms people used to find their work.
- Authors will have a dashboard they can log in to for more statistics and features.
- Greater visibility
- Content housed in a Digital Commons gets bumped up higher in Google Scholar searches than those housed in CONTENTdm (the current platform). This means greater visibility to scholars around the world.
- Cover pages
- Using the metadata from each record, a cover page will be created for each journal or article. This will make it easier for people coming into the content from a search engine to know where they are (BYU’s repository), what the content is, links to the department associated with the content, and a suggested citation.
We’ll keep you updated as we get closer to launch day. It will take a few months to migrate all of the content over to the new Digital Commons platform. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.