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Press Release: Talis Aspire Digitised Content

Alison Spencer
press release

Talis adds four new university customers who have subscribed to its latest Talis Aspire module to manage digitised content and automate copyright clearance.

September 2013
Talis have announced that the University of Lincoln, University of Dundee, City University London and London South Bank University have all chosen the latest Talis Aspire module to automate the management, storage and copyright compliance of their digitised textbook content.

According to Ian Snowley, University Librarian at the University of Lincoln, “We’ve long been aware that managing digitisations is a very time consuming process for the Library, so when Talis launched its Talis Aspire Digitised Content app we knew that it was worth investigating. We were very impressed with what Talis showed us and the feedback from early customers. So much so that we had no hesitation in committing as soon as we heard that it had been launched. We’re confident that we’ll save a huge amount of time – which will allow us to launch a formal curriculum for information literacy, and we’ll improve the process for all users and our record keeping at a stroke.”

Discussing the adoption of Talis Aspire digitised content module, Máire Lanigan, University Librarian, stated, “We are excited by the possibilities this new workflow offers in speeding up the production of digital versions of copyright cleared content we currently hold in printed form. Our data suggests that at least 60% of the requests the library service receives to create digital copies of material held in printed form are permissible within Copyright Legislation. The new workflow, from the Library’s perspective, simplifies the process for establishing permissions under copyright legislation and by so doing provides a simple workflow which greatly speeds up the time between request to make digital and the availability of the content in that form on our reading lists.

“Both Library and Academic staff who have used this service have been impressed by this new functionality. It has supported the library service in managing academic staff expectations about speed of availability often resulting in increased satisfaction with the service for academic staff.”
Margaret Kitching of London South Bank University commented, “LSBU has selected the Talis Aspire Digitised Content module to help streamline scanning services and increase the availability of digitised documents for students. The module will make requesting and processing digitised documents simpler for academic and library staff and the automated checking of copyright will be a real bonus. Once installed and tested, the relaunch of the digitisation service will contribute to planned improvements to the VLE and easy access to resources for LSBU students.”

More about Talis
Talis is a privately owned software company whose mission is to apply technology and data to help transform education. The Talis Aspire Reading List module enables academics and librarians to find, bookmark, manage, publish and track usage of recommended learning resources for students. The Talis Aspire Digitised Content module complements reading lists with the ability to manage and store digitised content and ensure copyright compliance reporting.

The aggregated data in the Talis Platform consists of over 1.5 million resources (textbooks, ebooks, journals, documents, videos and web pages), recommended by academics from all subject areas, and used by over 1 million students at campuses around the world. The data and the connections between users, subjects, courses, and resources represent an Education Graph. This graph is used to power a series of collective intelligence based features that use the knowledge of the whole system to help improve teaching and learning.


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