Library:Open Collections/Help/Viewing

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Open Collections' Document Viewer enables users to both view and interact with objects in its holdings. Some notable features include viewing and downloading high-resolution scans of objects, searching for and displaying OCR-generated text within a document, and viewing all of the metadata associated with an object.


A screenshot of the object viewer in Open Collections with the following highlighted: (1) Share button (2) Download button (3) Keyboard shortcuts, crop, and download image buttons (4) reposition, resize, and full screen buttons (5) Zoom in/zoom out buttons (6) zoom display map
  1. Share: A shortcut that sends the user to the "Share" option, described below.
  2. Download: A shortcut that sends the user to the "Download" option, described below.
  3. Keyboard shortcuts, Crop, Download
    • Keyboard Shortcuts: Displays the different keyboard shortcuts that a user can use to navigate an object in the viewer.
    • Crop: Allows a user to select a portion of an object displayed in the viewer. The user may display the selected portion on its own, download the cropped portion, zoom into the selection, share the cropped portion to Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.
    • Download: Download the media associated with the object.
  4. Re-position and Resize:
    • Fit Horizontally: Resizes the image so that its width is no larger than the viewer's width
    • Fit Vertically: Resizes the image so that its height is no larger than the viewer's height.
    • Rotate counterclockwise/clockwise: Rotates the image accordingly.
    • Toggle fullscreen: causes the viewer to take up the entire window of a browser, or return to its original size.
  5. Zoom in/Zoom out: Used to zoom in and out of the viewer.
  6. Zoom display: When zoomed in such that only a portion of the object is displayed, the zoom display appears as a thumbnail of the object and the portion of the object that is in view is highlighted in a red box.

Object Options

  • Item Metadata: Displays all of the metadata on record for an item. Note that not all objects share the same metadata fields, so what appears in this section will vary from one object to another.
  • Download: Provides links to the different assets associated with an object. Assets include media of the object (the scanned images), metadata in common formats (including json, xml, txt), the text of an object as a .txt file, and a citation as a .ris file.
  • Full Text: Text found in an object, if any, using optical character recognition (OCR) software. Note: OCR-created texts are not guaranteed to be 100% accurate, and occasionally try to interpret images as text. Be sure to check any text results for quality.
  • Cite: Generates a citation for the object based on the citation scheme selected. Includes APA, APA 5th edition, BibTeX, Chicago, IEEE, MLA, LexisNexis, and Turabian.
  • Usage Statistics: Shows a map of locations around the world where users have viewed the object from, along with a table that breaks views and downloads down by month.
  • Share: Provides the DOI of the object. Also provides links to allow sharing online through the following media: e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, LinkedIn, Google+, and Pinterest.
  • Embed: Provides html code that can be used to display the object on another page.
  • Comment: Allows users to leave a comment on the object using the Disqus platform, which permits logging in with a Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ account. This will also show other objects within open collections that have been commented on. Note: Disqus is not affiliated with UBC except for the services that they provide in allowing users to comment.
  • Related Items: Displays a selection of objects that are related to the object that the user is currently viewing.