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News, Scholarly Publishing, Digital Archives: JSTOR and Ithaka Merger Announced

Two important interdisciplinary digital archival sites – JSTOR and Ithaka – announced their merger on Jan 25 2009.  Link here to the press release. The new, combined enterprise will be named Ithaka.  No word yet on when the switchover of archives will take place.

JSTOR is a subscription database.  It is a unique multidisciplinary archive, which in this medical library is a treasure to have access to…. economics, linguistics, criminal justice and entomology are just a few topical searches I’ve done for faculty or students, over time, which come to mind.  If such a thing can be said about an archives holding back-issue collections of 2,100,000 full-text articles in periodicals spanning fifty academic disciplines, it is a place to spread one’s research wings and soar through the atmosphere like a bird.  5,300 academic institutions worldwide participate in JSTOR currently.  New content is added frequently.

Here is some basic information about these two organizations, taken from the websites:

  • JSTOR is an independent not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping the scholarly community discover, use, and build upon a wide range of intellectual content in a trusted digital archive. JSTOR offers a high-quality, interdisciplinary archive to support scholarship and teaching. It includes archives of over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work. The entire corpus is full-text searchable, offers search term highlighting, includes high-quality images, and is interlinked by millions of citations and references. The archive is unique in terms of scale, content, and the significant use it receives. It is recognized specifically for: offering a unique, interlinked aggregation of scholarly works, facilitating interdisciplinary and historical research, exemplary standards for digitization and completeness, interfaces and functionality that support academic use, highly reliable access, long-term preservation. (Text excerpt from http://jstor.org)
  • Ithaka is an independent not-for-profit organization with a mission to accelerate the productive uses of information technologies for the benefit of higher education worldwide. Ithaka provides research, strategic, and administrative services to promising not-for-profit projects, helping them to develop sustainable organizational and business models. It also works with established institutions that are rethinking the way they serve their core constituents. Ithaka is currently incubating several initiatives: NITLE, a collaborative effort to promote emerging technologies in liberal arts contexts; and Portico, a permanent archive of 8,200 electronic scholarly journals ad 4,600 e-books and Aluka, which is becoming a part of JSTOR.”  (Text excerpt from http://ithaka.org)


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