Set up a CNAME for Talis Aspire Digitised Content

Find out how to view digitised content articles inline in your Talis Aspire Reading Lists (TARL) tenancy.

Why a CNAME is required (non-technical explanation)

To enable digitisations to open in the viewer on the TARL item page, rather than in a new window, your IT team may need to set up a CNAME pointing to content.talisaspire.com.

If a CNAME is not used, your students will still be able to access digitisations by clicking on the proffered button or link.

Once a CNAME has been set up, please raise a support ticket with the name of the CNAME used.

What should I choose?

Most customers choose something like digitisation.university.ac.uk.

Technical Explanation

Digitised content bundles can be embedded in an <iframe> within the reading lists application.

If your TARL tenancy has a customised domain name that is something like readinglists.university.ac.uk, then you will need a CNAME.

The CNAME will be (where ‘something’ is decided by the university):

something.university.ac.uk CNAME content.talisaspire.com

To test that your CNAME is propagating to the internet, we will use the unix dig command. An example of output is show below for one of our customers. In your case pretty much the only thing that will be different if you run this command for your CNAME is the name of the CNAME.

unix-prompt> dig digitisation.liverpool.ac.uk

; <<>> DiG 9.8.3-P1 <<>> digitisation.liverpool.ac.uk
;; global options: +cmd
;; Got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 4028
;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 4, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 0

;; QUESTION SECTION:
;digitisation.liverpool.ac.uk.    IN    A

;; ANSWER SECTION:
digitisation.liverpool.ac.uk. 21599 IN    CNAME    content.talisaspire.com.
content.talisaspire.com. 599    IN    CNAME    drp-live-1441443982.eu-west-1.elb.amazonaws.com.
drp-live-1441443982.eu-west-1.elb.amazonaws.com. 59 IN A 54.217.244.255
drp-live-1441443982.eu-west-1.elb.amazonaws.com. 59 IN A 54.247.166.206

;; Query time: 54 msec
;; SERVER: 8.8.8.8#53(8.8.8.8)
;; WHEN: Wed Nov 12 16:38:41 2014
;; MSG SIZE  rcvd: 173

FAQs

Q - Why doesn’t the digitisation appear in Internet Explorer (IE), instead I still see the View Digitisation in a new window button?

A - The Digitised Content Player does not embed in the page in IE - instead a button appears to load the player in a new window. This is not a bug and is intentional design as it is technically not possible to embed the player in IE due to Cross Domain restrictions.

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