Talis Launches New Digitisation Software Service for Universities

January 14, 2013
‘The explosion of digital content sharing creates a necessity for learning technology companies to support copyright compliance concerns.’
Talis announces the launch of its new software service – Talis Aspire Digitised Content. Developed with the collaboration of university library partners, The Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA), and using trusted data supplied via the OCLC xISBN service, the new software service will help universities and colleges in the United Kingdom manage complex digitisation workflows, and help ensure they are compliant with copyright legislation.
With the launch of Talis Aspire Digitised Contentlecturers will raise digitisation requests quickly and easily from their desktops, libraries will benefit from easy reporting and management tools that integrate with existing technology, and learners will get easy online access to digitised content to support their studies.
The application is delivered as SaaS and uses The Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) new Title Search API, enabling universities in the United Kingdom to get real-time copyright permissions for the first time. The software offers universities a ‘full-service’ copyright and digitised content management solution, bringing trust and transparency to the digitisation process, and a high level of assurance for students, universities and publishers.
Talis CEO, Dave Errington, commented that: 
‘The explosion of digital content sharing creates a necessity for learning technology companies like Talis to support copyright compliance concerns. We share with The Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) a commitment to improving trust and transparency and to working with universities as they turn increasingly to digital resources for learning. Lecturers, libraries, learners and publishers alike will benefit from knowing that their activities are supported not only by the latest technology but also by the highest standards.’
He also said that:
‘By collaborating with CLA as well as with our university partners we were able to leverage our collective expertise to develop a unique, reliable service which ensures students can access the best resources to support their learning.’
Mat Pfleger, UK Sales and Marketing Director at CLA remarked:
We are always looking for new ways to support universities and make it easier for them to comply with the terms of their CLA licence. This new software service from Talis is one of the first to utilise our new API and helps university staff ensure they have the copyright permissions they need. Working in collaboration with technology companies like Talis, is an important part of CLA’s role in developing our services to universities on behalf of rightsholders. The collaboration provides an excellent opportunity for us to test our new approach with a trusted technology provider.’
He added that:
‘The current licence enables universities to provide their students with access to a wide range of copyright material. We look forward to working with Talis to help libraries streamline their compliance process, while maximising the value of their CLA licence.’
For further information on this story, please contact:
Talis Media Contact: Karen Halliday (kh@talis.comor +44 (0) 121 374 2740)
CLA Media Contact: Lois Bray (Lois.Bray@cla.co.ukor +44 (0) 20 7400 3143)
Notes to the editors:
About Talis Education Ltd
Talis is a privately owned software company whose mission is to apply technology and data to help transform education. Talis Aspire is a cloud-based service that enables academics and librarians to create, bookmark, manage and track usage of recommended learning resources for students. The data in the Talis system consists of over 1.5 million resources (textbooks, journals, documents, videos and web pages), recommended by academics from 46 universities across all subject areas, and used by over 1 million students around the world. The aggregate data and the connections between users, subjects, courses, and resources represent an Education Graph which drives collective intelligence features that put the knowledge of the whole system to work for the user, thus helping to improve both teaching and learning.
About The Copyright Licensing Agency
The Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) licenses institutions to copy and re-use extracts from print and digital publications on behalf of the copyright owners – authors, publishers and visual artists.  By supporting them in this way CLA plays a part in maintaining the value of their work and helps to sustain creativity. The CLA Title Search enables licensees to quickly find out whether they can copy from a title under their institution’s licence. The CLA Title Search is available at www.cla.co.ukor can be downloaded as an ISN-scanning mobile app from the App Store or Google Play.
Lois Bray
Marketing Communications Executive
The Copyright Licensing Agency Limited
Saffron House
6 – 10 Kirby Street
Office: 020 7400 3143
Mobile: 07539368158