Monday, September 13, 2010

IssueLab Switches to Scribd: Good for us, good for you!

IssueLab is now using Scribd to provide site visitors, contributing organizations, and data partners with real-time dynamic views of the research documents we archive.

Our decision to switch away from Issuu to Scribd, “the largest social publishing and reading site in the world,” was based on a number of considerations including:
  • Scribd's application programming interface (API) enables us to more easily work with our documents.

  • Scribd makes access statistics available via their API so that we can now provide our contributors with this important metric.

  • Scribd is actively working to move their entire document sharing platform away from proprietary Adobe Flash to open-source HTML 5. This means IssueLab users will soon be able to access documents on their mobile phones and other devices.

  • Bonus: Scribd provides all of its services for free.

We completed the transition to Scribd last week. Users will experience no change to our document contribution or access work-flow. As well, contributors can still easily embed a dynamic view of their documents anywhere they like on the web -- embed code is available in the “Edit Listings” area of Research Contributor accounts.

Scribd’s vision: “to liberate the written word, to connect people and organizations with the information and ideas that matter most to them.” We couldn’t agree more!

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