bepress continually deploys new features and fixes for the community.

Recent updates are summarized below.

  • Receive notifications via RSS of new product updates.
  • Please note that “Dashboards” include the Author, Digital Commons, and Impact Dashboards, and SelectedWorks profiles are found under “Expert Gallery Suite.”

June 15, 2018

Digital Commons

  • DC Network: Disciplines on article information pages were not resolving to the discipline-specific page in the DC Network. This has been fixed.

Expert Gallery Suite

  • Institutions that want to link to their own privacy policy can now do so with a new configuration in the Settings tab.

June 01, 2018

Digital Commons

  • Automated Digital Commons Dashboard emails: Our new Scheduled Share feature provides automatic and recurring dashboard links to share value and impact of your repository. More information here.
  • Is your library working on a new privacy policy? A new configuration in Digital Commons lets you easily link to your institution’s own privacy policy in the footer. Learn more here.

Expert Gallery Suite

  • Automated Impact Dashboard emails: Scheduled Share is also available for the Impact Dashboard!

April 27, 2018

Digital Commons

  • PlumX Metrics in Digital Commons: article metadata pages now feature PlumX Metrics to provide you with many more ways to tell the story of your IR content. Learn more here.
  • New look for download buttons: to go with PlumX Metrics on article metadata pages, we've given download buttons a clean, updated design.

February 23, 2018

Digital Commons

  • Additions to the Digital Commons three-tiered taxonomy include:
    Arts and Humanities: Art and Design: Furniture Design
    Arts and Humanities: Art and Design: Glass Arts
    Arts and Humanities: Sign Languages
    Arts and Humanities: Sign Languages: American Sign Language
    Business: Business Analytics
    Education: Prison Education and Reentry
    Engineering: Geological Engineering
    Engineering: Mining Engineering: Explosives Engineering
  • Improved social media sharing experience: Content shared via Digital Commons will now show thumbnails (where available) and more information at-a-glance about the record.

January 12, 2018

Digital Commons

  • Major improvement for Multimedia: ISSUU and Kaltura are now official content providers for Embed.ly. ISSUU and Kaltura users will enjoy more flexibility in display order within Digital Commons. ISSUU and Kaltura may also be imported into Selected Works profiles and accessible via the Expert Gallery Suite. Talk to your Consultant about updating existing records!
  • Accessibility improvement: article lists are now accessible, improving support to visitors using assistive technologies
  • Digital Commons Network: we completed system enhancements to improve performance of the “Most Popular Institutions” lists and their notifications.

Expert Gallery Suite

  • Multimedia improvement: in case you missed it, we’ll say it again! ISSUU and Kaltura are now official content providers for Embed.ly. This means you are now able to import this content from Digital Commons.
  • Harvesting: learn how this can populate profiles painlessly!. Recent improvements include patches to reduce intermittent failures.
  • About pages: capture Organizations and Roles, ORCID, and affiliations with more ease. More consistent behavior when saving changes to author information.

November 03, 2017

Expert Gallery Suite

  • Harvest to profiles: Populate your faculty profiles without tears! The initial release of our harvesting tool helps reduce staff time and streamline library projects by automatically populating faculty profiles with publications metadata. Harvesting is currently available as an opt-in feature; contact your consultant to have it enabled. Learn more about harvesting to profiles here

September 22, 2017

Digital Commons

  • Accessibility improvement: we’ve changed the background color of our monthly administrator Readership Report, improving the screenreader experience. Learn more about reports in Digital Commons.
  • Image galleries: image titles (in addition to the images) now link to image’s information page, consistent with the behavior in book galleries.
  • HTTPS: We’ve improved the user experience when engaging with our mobile navigation bar via https.
  • Security improvement: we’ve rolled out a fix that only allows redirects implemented by a bepress suite product.

Expert Gallery Suite

  • New About fields: Grants, and Professional Service and Memberships. Researchers want to convey their accomplishments, and administrators want a standardized way to report on this information. We’ve introduced these two new fields to the About tab: you can see them in action already. Plus, the fields are output to your Profiles Reports, so the Provost and Office of Research can easily identify new grant recipients.
  • Improved layout of Organizations and Roles tab: Capturing Organizations is important to categorizing profiles. On the tab, we changed the Roles to a three-column layout so administrators can view both Roles and Organizations at a glance.

September 01, 2017

Digital Commons

  • Accessibility improvement: We’ve updated tracking gifs to include new alt attributes, improving the screenreader experience.
  • Additions to the Digital Commons three‐tiered taxonomy of academic disciplines include
    Arts and Humanities: Language Interpretation and Translation
    Arts and Humanities: Philosophy: Applied Ethics
    Social and Behavioral Sciences: Library and Information Science: Law Librarianship

Learn more about using disciplines, and download the complete list.

Expert Gallery Suite

  • Improved sorting by author! In your Author Gallery and your Expert Galleries, expect even the authors with hyphenated last names to appear in correct order.
  • Co-authors, activate: when a work with multiple authors is added, accounts for co-authors are automatically activated, no confirmation step required.
  • Importing enhancement: if an author’s name has multiple spellings, the import preview displays only one spelling for clarity

August 25, 2017

Digital Commons

  • Display content in your order! By popular request, administrators have a SIXTH sort option: entire publication date. To apply this or another sort option, visit the Configuration page of the collection. Available to series, ETD series, galleries, and book galleries.
  • Streaming enhancement: We enhanced JW Player support to automatically determine the appropriate mode for the session.
  • Content Inventory improvement: We resolved an error that prevented reporting on communities that had been Grouped to other communities.
  • bepress Archive: We added article states (except deleted) to the metadata.xml file that is included with each record in the bepress Archive. This will be present in content published or revised since August 22, 2017. We do plan to tackle the identification of deleted content as well.

July 28, 2017

Expert Gallery Suite

  • Easier author disambiguation via Profiles Tab: administrators can scan the tab’s Email column to find the email address that was associated with the profile during setup.
  • New branded administrator interface: the design now matches your profiles for greater cohesion and easier recognition.
  • Updated look for https://works.bepress.com/: the design matches and refers visitors to additional resources found on https://www.bepress.com/products/expert-gallery-suite/.

July 21, 2017

Digital Commons

  • Faster slideshows: Visitors and classroom audiences will observe faster load times and an improved user experience while viewing large collections. Learn more about image galleries and slideshows.

Expert Gallery Suite

  • Build profiles with their Organizations: to make your Expert Gallery even more valuable and to make best use of the coming harvesting tool, you can now save a person’s Organization when you build the profile.
  • Account creation: missed the initial account activation email? No problem! Use the Create Account button and enter your email again to receive a second copy. Improvements to “forgot password” steps, too.

July 07, 2017

Expert Gallery Suite

  • New! Profiles Reports! You can now generate a report on profile information such as who has a photo posted, which positions your faculty have held, and how many published works are included on each profile. Use the report to determine where you need to fill in gaps or to let administration know which honors and awards faculty have won. From the administrative interface for the Expert Gallery Suite, go to the Reports tab, and click on “Generate Profiles Report.” Would you like more information? See our documentation or contact your consultant at dc-support@bepress.com!

June 30, 2017

Digital Commons

  • Content Carousels and Slideshows: Rotating images now link to the image’s record so visitors can view the full details, pan/zoom, and browse related images. Learn more about Content Carousels and slideshows.
  • Image galleries: we are speeding up pan/zoom! Thanks for your patience, and you should see improvements over the next few weeks. Learn more about image galleries.
  • Large files: we are also making improvements to help increase the speed when uploading large files.
  • “Update site” links: the next time you update, you’ll see the name of the link reflects the current level of your repository! No more questions over whether you are updating an article, a series, or a journal.
  • Google Scholar: per Google Scholar’s request, we have adjusted the meta tags to improve the quality of indexing.

Expert Gallery Suite

  • 3-2-1-Contact: to make it even easier for visitors to contact authors, we have added the “contact” button to top of each work’s page. Learn how to make the most of contact buttons on your profiles.
  • Notification Center: the center loads more quickly for administrators with many notifications. Max notifications is 100.
  • "SelectedWorks of None" no more! We resolved an error mysteriously impacting several profiles so that they now display the profile’s name, not “none,” in the header.
  • Additional improvements: administrators should see more even performance of the Download and Link buttons. The Download button should only appear on works with full texts, and the Link button should open in a new window.
  • Import SelectedWorks: check out the new progress indicator when you import to your repository from SelectedWorks profiles!

May 19, 2017

Digital Commons

  • Permissions improvement: work more independently! Using the new Administrator Management tool, site-level administrators can grant additional permissions to selected colleagues. Save time by giving journal editors the ability to create volumes and issues and giving conference organizers the ability to create tracks and themes on their own.
  • Thumbnails in book galleries: back to normal! We resolved a temporary issue affecting the automatic generation of thumbnails. All affected thumbnails are back to normal.

Expert Gallery Suite

  • Importing from Digital Commons: we addressed two issues, helping ensure that all of an author's results appear as potential works to import.
  • Search improvements: visitors will find that searches within and across profiles are more performant, improving the user experience.
  • Institutional logos on cover pages: we resolved an issue that caused some changes to stall. Using the Settings tab, administrators can now update their institutional logo at any time. See an example from Western University!

May 12, 2017

Digital Commons

  • Batch improvement: smoother revisions to author data. Tip: batch revise earlier collections to add author email addresses so authors can receive automatic monthly readership reports

May 05, 2017

Digital Commons

  • Dashboard improvement: do you know how many reports you can run? Now reports are also supported for collections with content deleted. Learn more about running reports using your Digital Commons dashboard.

Expert Gallery Suite

  • Streaming media: After upgrading Digital Commons to support the latest version of JW Player, we are now upgrading JW Player in the Expert Gallery Suite as well. The upgrade includes support for captions (where provided) and a wider array of file types. Check out this recent debate using the newest JW Player.
  • Smoother account and profile creation: we rolled out a fix that resolved intermittent timeouts. Thanks for your patience!

April 28, 2017

Digital Commons

  • Automatic notifications of new features and fixes: the Product Updates page supports an RSS feed so administrators can stay up to date on new development withinDigital Commons, the Dashboards, and the Expert Gallery Suite.
  • Access-controlled content: Forwarded IP addresses now supported. Learn more about access controls in Digital Commons.

Expert Gallery Suite

  • Product Updates via RSS: it’s so good we’ll say it again. The new RSS button delivers the development news to your favorite feed (and email, in some cases). Get fed all the updates!
  • Embedded galleries with more display flexibility:Need to embed a single card on a page, no search box? Need to embed a search box, no cards? Need to modify the header text or suppress it altogether? Have it your way! Galleries can now be embedded with or without the header text, search bar, and profile cards. See Embedding Your Expert Gallery for more info.

March 17, 2017

Expert Gallery Suite:

We’ve made some improvements to search and indexing for profiles:

  • Works of hidden profiles will no longer appear in search results.
  • Withdrawn works will no longer be included in the DC Network

March 03, 2017

Expert Gallery Suite:

February 17, 2017

Digital Commons:

  • New bepress Content Carousel extended to all structures: The site-level bepress Content Carousel is now available to all communities and publications in Digital Commons. The carousel enhances the functionality of the previous slideshow and improves the reliability because it is in-house and independent of the Google API that recently deprecated. Consulting Services is manually converting any deprecated slideshows to the new carousel for you. Learn more about Content Carousels, slideshows, and more by visiting the new website.
  • LDAP fix: Some users observed a false error when logging in their first time. This has been resolved.

February 13, 2017

Digital Commons:

  • Content Inventory: With this brand-new tool you can generate a comprehensive metadata report at every level of your site. You can also generate a report which tells you the amount of published content in each publication. No more forgetting which publications you want to fill out or hide away until they’re ready for the public! Accessible via the Configuration tab.
  • JW Player upgrade: We’ve upgraded our version of JW Player, including support for closed captions.
  • SSL (HTTPS) for all repositories: It’s a bright, secure, world. Over the next few weeks, all repositories will be using HTTPS. Bonus: if you’ve been managing the implementation of SSL for your repository, those days are over. We’ll take it from here.
  • Batch revisions: We don’t speak Epoch and presume you don’t either. System-generated spreadsheets will no longer show datestamps in Epoch time.
  • Footer links: We have updated our footers to provide visitors easy access to bepress’ Privacy and Copyright pages.

Expert Gallery Suite:

  • Badges to highlight potential media contacts, collaborators, and mentors: Administrators can now designate profiles with badges that identify individuals as potential media contacts, collaborators, and/or mentors. Badges will link to a gallery of all members of that group. See the badge on the right of this profile: https://works.bepress.com/vania-coelho/
  • Contact button: Profiles have a contact button so that it is easier for visitors to contact profile owners about their work. An inquiry form will capture and relay messages to the profile owner. The messages can also be sent to administrators and other offices on campus, such as Media Relations. See the button on the left of this profile: https://works.bepress.com/roland_cooper/
  • Galleries based on facets: Galleries exist for facets like organization, position, or research interest and can be embedded on external sites.
  • Administrator Interface: For some profiles, the SW Gallery and Expert Gallery column checkboxes were missing; they have been found!
  • PDF conversions and cover pages: Improved reliability of PDF conversions (from .doc and .docx formats) and of cover page stamping.
  • Imported metadata-only records: Better consistency importing metadata-only records, so that their links to external sites are maintained after import. No more .htm links!
  • Password creation: occasional 404 error after resetting a password has been fixed.

January 13, 2017

Expert Gallery Suite:

  • “Embed this gallery” feature: This link has been hidden on mobile devices to prevent accidental tapping when trying to trigger the facet bar.
  • Introductory text prompt: Now visible only to profile owner, not visitors
  • “Read more” button: Displays more consistently across profiles.

January 12, 2017

Digital Commons:

Changes to the Digital Commons three‐tiered taxonomy of academic disciplines include:

New:
Education: Adult and Continuing Education
Education: Disability and Equity in Education: Gender Equity in Education
Education: Early Childhood Education
Education: Elementary Education
Education: Indigenous Education
Education: Language and Literacy Education
Education: Outdoor Education
Education: Secondary Education
Medicine and Health Sciences: Medical Specialties: Sleep Medicine
Law: Cultural Heritage Law
Life Sciences: Research Methods in Life Sciences
Life Sciences: Research Methods in Life Sciences: Animal Experimentation and Research
Social and Behavioral Sciences: Food Studies
Social and Behavioral Sciences: Psychology: Comparative Psychology
Social and Behavioral Sciences: Psychology: Transpersonal Psychology
Social and Behavioral Sciences: Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration: Terrorism Studies



Modified:
Arts and Humanities: Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies: Native American Studies
Has become
Arts and Humanities: Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies: Indigenous Studies



Any submissions with a modified discipline were migrated to the new term.

January 10, 2017

Dashboards:

Author Dashboard Improvements: Authors will enjoy access to new features, previously only accessed by administrators:

  • More powerful date selector
  • Downloads graph with option to show Additional Files
  • Metadata hits graph
  • Countries map and table
  • Share the Dashboard functionality
  • Institutional branding for authors with institutionally branded SelectedWorks profiles
  • Consolidated “duplicates: articles collected from DC/SW that point to the same full text version will be consolidated in the Works table.
  • Layout changes to improve navigation: unifying the experience across all dashboards
  • Icon bar used in place of sidebar (across all dashboards)
  • Code enhancements: the code base has been consolidated across the Author Dashboard, the Digital Commons Dashboard, and the Impact Dashboard. Administrators will have a more consistent experience, navigating the dashboards, and users will see relevant features and fixes released simultaneously to dashboards in future.

January 06, 2017

Expert Gallery Suite:

  • Facets on mobile devices: On smaller screens and mobile devices, there is now a button on the Expert Gallery search bar that pops out the facets so visitors can narrow searches more easily.
  • Trending Experts: Trending options will appear only if trending profiles are available
  • Better hover tips = better UI. In the administrator interface, expect to see human-readable hover text, e.g., over the Expert Gallery column, to speed administrators to the tools they need.

December 27, 2016

Digital Commons:

  • Author Gallery design: Site-level author galleries have a new look, more aligned with your new Expert Gallery Suite, for a more seamless user experience.
  • Real-time updates for the Author Gallery: When administrators make their selections in the SelectedWorks Administrator Interface, the site-level Author Gallery will update in real-time.

December 16, 2016

Digital Commons:

  • bepress Archive: We are now including a checksum for metadata.xml files in the bepress Archive manifest. Going forward, all files in your bepress Archive will have a checksum included in the manifest.
  • Supplemental content: Administrators will find it at a glance using the new Additional Files column (available via the Manage Submissions preferences) or find them present on the Submission Details pages
  • OAI: ListMetadataFormats output now includes metadata prefixes qdc and dcq
  • Batch upload: XML import schema no longer references a 'type' field
  • Peer-review: Text improvements to the Reviewer Upload Form and emails to reviewers of single and double-blind journals
  • Journal cover page enhancement: PDF cover pages will show blurbs only when the submission is accepted or published
  • Creative Commons: Alt-text is now included for Creative Commons licenses
  • Accessibility improvement 1: "Skip to main content" link is now visible to screen readers
  • Accessibility improvement 2: Portal sidebar images are now generated with HTML

Expert Gallery Suite:

  • ORCID: Authors who have ORCID ids can now capture and display them as a clickable link on their profiles.
  • Embed an Expert Gallery: Expert Galleries based on facets and searches are now embeddable! Simply choose your parameters and then click on “embed this gallery” just below the search box. The system will generate a customized embed code that you can then copy and paste onto any webpage.