In 2012, the ERIC database, a premier carrier of education-related scholarship, was forced to dramatically limit access to the full text of their ERIC Documents collection. This situation has recently improved — read below.
PDF Restoration Process Update: 94% of documents are now available
Have you noticed fewer “PDF Pending” indicators in ERIC the last few weeks? That is because Phase I of the PDF restoration project is now complete. 94% of the previously removed documents are now available online!
We want to thank you for your patience over the past two years. We have received many questions about the process. Below are some of the most commonly asked questions:
Why were documents removed from ERIC?
In August of 2012 we discovered that personally identifiable information appeared in some ERIC documents. Due to new search technologies, this information was easily discoverable for the first time. We temporarily removed access to all full-text documents due to the security concerns. Over the past two years we have been restoring documents to the collection on a rolling basis.
How big of a problem was it? Did many documents contain this type of information?
There are 670 documents that have are have sensitive information that we cannot release. We have removed the “PDF Pending” indicator and the “Download Full Text” links from these records, but the citations remain in the collection. We are considering how we can make these documents available in a way that protects individual’s privacy in the future.
What documents are now available online?
Approximately 94% of the PDFs that ERIC has permission to display are now available. This includes all peer-reviewed materials, documents published after 2004, and PDFs that were scanned electronically for sensitive information.