December 13th, 2017 | Tags : Product Team | Category : bepress Development Blogs

A Message from Product: What’s Driving Our Strategy for 2018?

It’s been a busy fall for the Product team, with a bounty of just released and upcoming features. As we look to the next year, we are looking forward to building solutions in three areas that are often challenging to our community. Here’s a quick insight into the needs that are driving the product vision for 2018.

Showcase More of Your Content, Faster

You use our products to support a vast array of campus services, and content drives almost all of what you do. In 2018, we will focus on helping you save time and overcome staffing hurdles by exploring new solutions to populate your IRs and profiles. We’ll continue our work on harvesting, research other population options, and implement features like the upcoming hosted streaming media on Digital Commons that help you create a one-stop shop for library services.

Increase Your Impact

Nothing makes us happier than seeing a customer tweet an image from their readership map, or share a story about how their dashboard provided insight into the global reach of their work. This year, we’ll work on increasing the discovery of your content through other portals, websites, and indices and finding new ways to generate impact. And we’ll explore avenues for reflecting and sharing your success—first up, by popular demand: you’ll soon see PlumX metrics associated with your works.

Delight Our Users (yes, that’s you)

A big goal for us in the upcoming year is to make your lives easier and to support issues that you care about the most. In addition to growing your content and increasing impact, we’ll also be delving more into accessibility, privacy and security, and researching areas that will enhance your experience with our platform. We know interoperability of bepress products is important to our community. We’ll continue to explore solutions ensuring that your content stays portable so that you can work agnostically with whatever systems you have on campus.

Yes, ORCID and snippets and thumbnails are still on the roadmap! Stay tuned for a blog next month addressing some of the infrastructure improvements we are making with new resources from Elsevier, including how we can leverage their expertise to build a more robust implementation of these features. If you have other questions about our product roadmap, or are interested in being a pilot tester, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Ann (, Expert Gallery Suite) or Nicole (, Digital Commons).

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