Developed at Stanford University, SIPX is a new web-based technology, created to manage copyrights and deliver digital documents for the higher-education marketplace. The first, limited SIPX test at Stanford began in April 2011, when the “Stanford Intellectual Property Exchange” was in its research project phase. Now the broad cloud-based service is offered directly from within CourseWork for the benefit of the entire Stanford community.
What problem does SIPX solve?
The current state of copyright in higher education is a complicated maze—from a user’s perspective, it’s almost impossible to understand what content is available, what uses are allowed for that content, and how to distribute that content properly.
Managing copyrights without networked technology is difficult and expensive. We created SIPX to solve these problems.
How does the SIPX service benefit the Stanford community?
SIPX is designed to help instructors enrich their educational materials by delivering all types of course materials to students faster, easier and legally. The service brings together major sources of reading content that might be assigned for a class, provides a simple way to search for the specific item(s) to be selected (including chapters of books, journal articles, and selections by page range), and rapidly identifies the terms, conditions and royalty pricing for usage. Rather than having to go to multiple sources to find all this information, SIPX gathers it in one place, making the creation of a digital reading list MUCH faster and simpler than it was before. For instructors and assistants, this means saving valuable time and resources. For the university, it means an improved method of ensuring compliance with the necessary copyright management policy. And because SIPX also incorporates information about Stanford’s library subscriptions, for students this means saving money, because they no longer pay for content that Stanford has already licensed on their behalf.
How can an instructor, teaching assistant or course administrator use the SIPX service?
Getting started with SIPX is fast and easy! Once the SIPX tool is installed into your course, you will see the “Add SIPX Readings” button on the left menu. From the SIPX tool, you can click over to Create SIPX Readings. Your course details will be transferred to SIPX and the system will lead you to a course overview page that provides options to add readings, or further edit course details, among other functions. To add readings, click the “Add readings” button and fill in the form to begin your search. You can add as many readings as you want, and upload a copy of the material you want to distribute. When you are done, you will have created a digital reading list for your class, which will look like this:
How do I share this digital reading list with my students?
When you use the SIPX service from within CourseWork, you can share your course readings by clicking on the “Inject into LMS” button on the SIPX course page. This action will automatically place the reading links into the appropriate location within your CourseWork course page that students can then access. They no longer need to go to multiple sites, and through multiple pay-walls, to get the readings assigned for their classes. Everything is in one place, easy to access, and taking into account the discounts that their Stanford student affiliation might provide.
What do prior Stanford users say about SIPX?
There are many members of the Stanford community who have helped us design and improve the system over time. A summary of the benefits we believe these users have experienced is captured in this statement:
“We’ve been using the SIPX service since inception, and this system solves problems that no other technology has been able to fix. From day one we have experienced benefits such as a streamlined process for managing digital reading lists, more efficient copyright licensing, and enhanced impact from better subscription budget management.”
— Michael A. Keller
University Librarian and Director of Academic Information Resources, Stanford University
Where do I get more information about SIPX?
The SIPX service is live and ready to use! SIPX also has a dedicated team available to provide any help you might need. You can reach this team at firstname.lastname@example.org every day. There’s an extensive FAQ on the SIPX service site, and much corporate information at www.sipx.com.