Monthly Archives: January 2015

ScholarSphere Drop-In Hours: New Year, New Habits

It’s 2015 – do you know where your data are kept? Do you have publications you’ve been meaning to share in post-print or pre-print form? Need help understanding what IS a pre-print or a post-print? Or, perhaps more important, determining what’s OK to put in ScholarSphere?
Icon for uploading files, showing an arrow pointing upward.Want a walk-through of the service and get your questions answered about what it can do for you? Have ideas for the service you’d like to share?

The ScholarSphere Service Team has organized a few drop-in hours for anyone to come by and get advice and help on using ScholarSphere, or to talk with us about what you’re interested in seeing in the service in the future. We’ll be available in various instruction rooms on the following dates/times:

Graphic design showing nine yellow squares, intended to represent collections.

ScholarSphere overview sessions will be conducted for the campuses via Adobe Connect. Those will be organized for the latter half of February and early part of March – stay tuned!

If you’re needing a refresher on ScholarSphere, which has gone through several releases since 1.0 in September 2012, then these are the sessions for you. The start of a new year is also a great time to get serious about keeping track of your data sets and other research, with experts in the room to help and get you launched on a new habit!

New Year, New Release

As of January 16, ScholarSphere is at Version 2.1. Folks may remember that we released ScholarSphere 2.0 in September 2014 and unveiled a brand new interface, based on user feedback and participatory user design activities that we undertook in the last couple of years. With the 2.1 release, we focused on improving the functionality of some existing features and broadened discovery possibilities for ScholarSphere content and authors.

Statistics on file access/use
Since we started working on ScholarSphere, we have been keen to expose a variety of usage stats directly in the dashboard, in addition to enabling graph data visualizations for files (example here) deposited to the service. With the 2.1 release, users may now see statistics in their dashboards on the number of file views and downloads generated. The stats date from March 22, 2013.

Screenshot showing the stats part of the ScholarSphere dashboard.

Area of the dashboard in ScholarSphere showing stats.

ORCIDs – Do you have one?
We now have a way for users to enter their ORCID identifiers. (For those who aren’t familiar with ORCID [] – it was created largely to help disambiguate between like names [e.g., “David Jones”] by minting unique identifiers for researchers who sign up with ORCID. My ORCID, for example, is 0000-0003-0013-2655.) Users may input their OCRCIDs in their profile page (the same place where handles for Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ go). We expect there will be an automated way of integrating ORCIDs in ScholarSphere in the near future, especially now that the CIC has joined ORCID as a consortium member.

Image of a section of the ScholarSphere profile page where ORCID IDs and social media handles may be input.

Users can now enter their ORCIDs on the ScholarSphere profile page

And speaking of names . . .
ScholarSphere 2.1 makes possible for users to input names instead of Penn State Access Account IDs when assigning permissions, proxy authorization, and file transfers. Because you just shouldn’t be made to remember random numbers and letters!

Screenshot of the input box for Authorize Proxy, demonstrating that names rather than PSU IDs can now be entered.

No more typing in PSU IDs!

Discovery via Twitter
Post the link to your file in ScholarSphere via Twitter, and your followers can now see all sorts of details about the file you’re sharing: a thumbnail image of it, the keywords you entered, the rights/permission information, and the first few sentences of the abstract or summary for the file. This is what’s called “Twitter card integration.” Another example of discovery of research outputs via social media platforms.

Tweet from Mike Giarlo's Twitter account, showing information about the article (deposited in ScholarSphere) that he has tweeted.

It works! Also, this is a really great article. Click on the image to access it.