General FAQs

Is the entire platform open source? Why can’t I just download, install it and manage it on my own/why do we need to pay you?

The OpenScholar software is open source and available on GitHub. People and schools are welcome to install and manage their own version of OpenScholar.

Saying this, one of the reasons OpenScholar lifted out of Harvard to become its own company is because schools struggle to do this on their own. Schools need a small team of people to manage this open source software. OpenScholar (the company) provides the software itself plus cloud hosting, system administration and security. We also provide theming, online documentation, video tutorials and help desk support for our clients.

You talk about this platform tying to broad strategic goals at the university level: how does it tie to enrollment? How does it tie to alumni engagement? How does it help us in those areas?

OpenScholar ties to a university’s strategic goals in a number of ways.

We improve the public facing look and the overall navigability of a schools’ websites making them look professional. Today's applicants are digital natives who find and research universities online first. If they can't find the department or specialty they are seeking within a couple of clicks, they give up and move on. Streamlining the ability to find information is a critical part of what we do. This ties to enrollment by making your online message heard, with clarity. This same holds true for alumni engagement.

We can elevate the work/research/publications of faculty online through the citation engine built into OpenScholar’s platform drives visibility for your faculty’s work. Citations correlate positively with tenure. Citations drive opportunities to co-author with peers and they attract grant funding that subsidizes future research.

How long does it take to put up a site? Walk me through how a faculty or staff member would get an OpenScholar website.

The website creation process is streamlined so you can create the type of website you desire. Working with your school’s IT department, we can create an automated website creation portal or new website requests can funnel through the help desk or web team at your school.

Time building a website can vary based on the amount of content that a faculty member or department has or wants to add to their site.

How easy is it to use?

Openscholar is very easy to use. Our features were custom designed to meet the needs of scholars, researchers, and professionals. No technical or coding skills are needed. Plus, we have services like online training & documentation and 9am-5pm help desk to help you with any questions.

Who are your main competitors?

While there are many platforms and companies that offer website building platforms/Content Management Systems, OpenScholar is the Content Management System build for academic and professional uses. 

Some competitors include WordPress and Drupal Multi-Site.