Admins: “DASH!” retiring in December 2017: FAQs

Q:  What is ebrary DASH?

A:  DASH is a feature available to some customers on the ebrary platform. It enabled librarians to upload PDF content that they had rights to, into a special DASH collection, which would then be searchable by their patrons alongside other ebrary content they had licensed.

 

Q:  Who had access to DASH?

A:  The DASH functionality was available only to those ebrary customers that licensed an ebrary subscription.

 

Q:  Is DASH going to be available on Ebook Central?

A:  ProQuest has made the decision that it will not be; we carefully analyzed our customer’s usage of this functionality and it is very rarely used. Out of the large percentage of customers with subscriptions, a tiny fraction utilize the feature. We will continue to support DASH on ebrary, until Dec. 30, 2017.

 

Q:  I use DASH; what will happen when I am upgraded to Ebook Central?

A:  We have a number of alternatives for you to consider, depending on how you use DASH today, and your timeframe to transition to another solution:

 

If used for dissertations & theses: If you are using DASH to store and make available master’s theses and PhD dissertations, ProQuest has a free service that can take the place of DASH and provide access to graduate works for your authorized users.  The service, called “Dissertations & Theses @” provides the ability for ProQuest to host dissertations and theses from accredited universities and make the citations, abstracts, full text and any supplemental files (such as audio and video) available to the submitting university at no charge.  (Further information can be found here: http://www.proquest.com/products-services/dandt_shtml.html). In addition, the university’s graduate works are made available in the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (PQDT) Global database and to 35 major subject and disciplinary indexes. (Further information about the ProQuest dissemination program can be found here: http://www.proquest.com/products-services/dissertations/graduate-schools-and-libraries.html)  Please email DAAPTeam@ProQuest.com for further information.

 

If used to provide access to student resources: you may want to consider RefWorks. Although RefWorks it is not a full replacement for DASH! it may be an option as a repository for your DASH! documents. RefWorks:

  • Has “Institutional Collection” feature which is a library-specific repository
  • Permits downloading, sharing, and viewing of documents
  • Stores documents in a folder
  • Has drag and drop feature to upload PDF’s
  • Automatically loads in meta-data for each PDF

If you already have an institutional license to RefWorks, you can access these features now. To learn more about RefWorks, we encourage you to speak to an account manager or check out our website at: http://www.proquest.com/products-services/refworks.html.

 

If you have an AVON subscription, you can have them hosted at no additional charge by Alexander Street.

 

If used to provide open access PDF’s beyond your own patron population: you may want to consider locating a more general digital repository. We can supply all of your DASH content back to you at any time, upon request (see next Q/A).
Q:  I have located a digital repository in my institution; how do I transfer my DASH docs to it?

A:  You just need to request that your DASH PDF’s be put onto a ProQuest FTP server, by sending an email to ebooksupport@proquest.com specifying your site ID and your DASH collection name and asking that they transfer your PDF’s to the FTP & provide you the credentials so that you can download all your docs. Once you are sent notification that they are posted to the FTP, you will have 21 days to retrieve them before they are deleted from the FTP server.

 

Q:  I’m not ready to decide where to put my docs, but I’m being upgraded soon; what should I do?

A:  Speak to your ProQuest representative, and you can request that they create a separate ebrary DASH site for you, prior to your upgrade—or simply email this request to: ebooksupport@proquest.com . You will need to specify the authentication method you would like for this separate site (or confirm you would like it to be the same as your current ebrary site). This site will contain only your DASH collection as of the time of your upgrade, and the collection will be static—you will not be able to edit or add to it, or download PDF’s from it (if you wish to download, request they be posted to an FTP, see question above). However the site will be accessible until Dec. 30, 2017—giving you extra time to decide the best place for these documents in the longer term.