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.
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 [http://orcid.org/] – 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.
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!
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.