Docuseek2 updated to 2.0.b017

I updated the Docuseek2 web app last night. There are a few interface changes:

  • The search results screen now features a drop-down list to select how many results to show. This is a pretty obvious enhancement, and should have been there a while ago. You can also set the default behavior to show all results via the My Account link at the top of most pages.
  • The Advanced Search page had options to search “My Movies” (titles already licensed) only; and an option to search for films not licensed yet. These were both checkboxes, although they are mutually exclusive. Now these options are presented as radio buttons, along with third option, “Search all movies”.
  • The Advanced Search page also features a new checkbox for our new distributor, Kartemquin Films! But more on that soon.
  • The Title page has been re-arranged to take into account three modes of interacting with the page. If the user is not logged in, the YouTube trailer will appear at the top left of the page if a trailer is available. There will be no View tab. If the user is logged in, and has not licensed the title, the Preview tab will appear first, so when landing on the page, the user will see the Preview player. If the user is logged in, and has licensed the film, the View tab will appear first, so when landing on the page, the user will see the¬† film player.

This last bit gets to how the Docuseek2 site is used:

  • Docuseek2 is a site for discovering films. Anyone can use the site without logging in to find films and information about them (description, credits, reviews, and now MARC records).
  • Docuseek2 is a site for previewing content. Previewing is available to anyone who is registered and logged in. We currently show only the first 10 minutes in the preview player; the preview player also has limited functionality.
  • Docuseek2 is a site for viewing content. Any registered user who has licensed content can view the content on the DS2 site.
  • Docuseek2 is the source for the URL, embed code and LTI keys for integrating licensed content into a library system, course management system, or course page.

That being said, the main audience for Docuseek2 right now is librarians and other users building media collections for colleges and universities. Faculty comprise a secondary audience, who can use the site to find teaching resources, and possibly license content for a week or semester; or request their media librarian to license the content for them.

Once content is licensed, users may use the Docuseek2 site directly for viewing licensed content. But it is more likely that the content will be integrated into the library catalog, and end users — faculty and students — will discover films through their institution’s library system. Faculty may also embed a film in their course management system or course page. That is, in most cases, faculty and students will not interact directly with the Docuseek2 site.

More information on using Docuseek2 may be found on our support wiki.