An important project with Pearson and Canon to enable students to print entire paper books on printers at a public library. Unlike traditional local printing, through Aggregion platform copyright holders can control the licensing conditions for each book and the protected content is stored remotely.
Students in the pilot library (LIBFL, Library of Foreign Literature) may select Pearson books from library’s online catalog and in under 10 minutes an industrial Canon printer will print and stitch together the entire book. The whole end-to-end licensing process is managed through the Aggregion platform, which is integrated directly with the Canon printers and with the library’s online catalog. As more copyright holders engage this capability, consumers will have access to a wider selection of books (or any printed materials) and, as more vendors adopt the technology, be able to print them on home printers.
This is a key step in development of the Aggregion IP Flow process, which covers the licensing flow from copyright holders into manufacturing of physical products. Foreseeable next step in development of this technology is to enable 3D printing capabilities for consumers (print licensed blueprints at home) and for businesses (industrial grade printing at factories).
Pearson is one of Aggregion’s most important strategic allies and clients. A variety of projects have been done with Pearson, encompassing the areas of digital content sales through online stores, mobile readers, integration with Pearson platforms, and bundling of Pearson products with third party copyright holders (such as Disney).
Distribution of Pearson content: Pearson books may be acquired through online stores connected to the Aggregion platform. The books are then accessible through the Pearson Reader.
Pearson Reader: a proprietary Aggregion content reader and player, branded as Pearson. It is integrated directly with the Aggregion platform enabling the seamless end-to-end flow of licenses from copyright holder through channels and to the end customers’ devices. The content in Pearson Reader may also be accessible by activating codes included in paper textbooks.
Integration with Pearson platform: some Pearson platforms, such as MyEnglishLab, are integrated with Aggregion, enabling Pearson to license the access to the platforms through the Aggregion platform. The platforms’ authentication systems are integrated with Aggregion, allowing users to use their universal Aggregion id to login into multiple systems.
Content Bundling: through the Aggregion platform the Pearson content may be bundled with content from other copyright holders. For example, in one of the cases, Pearson textbooks include activation codes to access related Disney content.
Aggregion’s Digital Library solution is used by Riga Technical University as a single point of access portal for all of University’s own and third-party educational content — textbooks, software, interactive learning materials — licensed through the Aggregion distribution network. Management tools such as Billing, Groups, Limits and Usage Models, and Tracking make it easier for University the remain within optimal budget for content procurement.
Digital Library’s catalog comes integrated with the Aggregion back-end. This means that the products are part of the Aggregion distribution chain and University may assign license parameters and manage details (such as description, cover images, metadata, etc) for products and collections.
Usage Models and Tracking
Often institutions spend funds to acquire products that are underused or not used at all by the student body. Digital library offers flexible content usage models — Acquisition, Pay-Per-Use, and Subscription — to accommodate and optimize any budget. Aggregion’s analytical tools provide transparency to budgetary decisions: statistics on product usage by a group.
The University’s authorization system is integrated with Aggregion via OAuth, meaning that students and faculty may use their standard university usernames to login into the Digital Library. Each user may be assigned into roles, groups and limits restrictions.
Groups and Limits
The Groups function manages the access of the student body (by class, by professor, by year, etc). The Limits function allows to control how much content the students are allowed to buy through their education account and how many students may have simultaneous access to a specific product(s).
Advanced Search and Filtering
Since the catalog is expected to be of significant size, advanced search and filtering are possible through multiple criteria such as Price, Categories, Availability, Publication Date, Document Type, Language, and so on.
Samsung Smart School was an educational interactive classroom project sponsored by Samsung and powered by Aggregion technology.
Samsung provided GALAXY Note 10.1 tablets with electronic S Pens for students as replacement for paper textbooks and notepads. Samsung ME 65B interactive screens were used instead of traditional blackboards. The tablets were running the Aggregion app through which students had access to educational content from the world’s leading publishers.