Update to Docuseek2

Today we updated the Docuseek2 site to build b125, which includes a significant change to the way institutional users interact to the site.

First, some background. We maintain a public site at http://docuseek2.com. Any visitor can search for titles and view information about titles. However, to license content, or to view licensed content, a visitor must be logged in. When an institution licenses content, we create a generic user for the institution. When an institutional user is on the institution’s network, and clicks on a permanent link that we create, the user is automatically logged in as this generic user. The website for the generic user has a different home page (we have a few options for the home page), and searches are limited to only content that the institution has licensed. However, if a user on the institutional network goes to the public site (e.g. http://docuseek2.com), or to a URL we may have published in a tweet or on Facebook, for example http://docuseek2.com/bf-anthro for the film Anthropocene, the user would not be logged in, and therefore unable to view the film. This can be confusing.

In the new build, available now, if a user is not already logged in, we take a look at the visitor’s IP address, and look for the address in our database of institutional IP addresses. If found, the visitor is automatically logged in as the generic user, and so a link like above for Anthropocene will be able to view the film (if the institution has licensed the film). To view the public site, the user will need to register (if not already done so), and log in with his or her personal account. In most cases, this will simplify a student or faculty member’s interaction with Docuseek2.

This change will mean that librarians or other users that want to search the complete Docuseek2 collection will need to login to see all content, if the institution has not licensed all content.

This new behavior can be turned off for an account if need be.

Let us know if you would like a tour of site features.