August 23rd, 2016 | Category : bepress Development Blogs

Development Sneak Preview: Features Coming with Digital Commons 8.3

Faster, better, stronger! No, we’re not reminiscing about the Olympics—these are the thoughts we hope you’ll have as you check out our new release. Digital Commons 8.3 rolls out in a couple of weeks with new features and improvements designed to make your lives a lot easier. Highlights of the new release include:

Digital Commons Advanced Administrator Toolkit

Many of you have expressed interest in having more direct control over your DC sites. With Digital Commons 8.3 we’ll be giving trained IR administrators the opportunity to get under the hood using the Digital Commons Advanced Administrator Toolkit. This free new product enables those administrators  to create new communities, series, ETD series, book, and image galleries. If you are interested in having access to this toolkit, contact your consultant, who can give you more information about training, terms, and eligibility. As always, if you prefer to let us do the building for you, rest assured that we that we are happy to continue providing that service and support.

Batch Upload

Did you know that over 50% of the content across Digital Commons is incorporated via batch uploads? Batch is a very important feature for our community, and we’ve listened to your requests. With this release we are beginning a series of improvements to make the process easier and more streamlined. Next month your batch uploads will import successful records and create placeholders for the failed ones, you’ll receive more descriptive batch error emails, and you’ll get access to a page showing the status of your uploads (pictured in the screenshot below). And this is just the beginning; stay tuned for news about other improvements to batch coming throughout the year.

Single Sign-On  

When you’re in, you’re in—that’s the experience we want you to have. You told us that you were tired of multiple sign-on prompts and we heard your pain! With the release of Digital Commons 8.3 you’ll have the ability to sign in once and be authenticated across all bepress products.

These are just a few highlights of what’s coming in September. Stay tuned for more details in the release notes and documentation. Meanwhile, if you have any questions feel free to contact us at

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