ebrary announced DASH – Data Sharing, Fast

Subscribers to ebrary’s Academic Complete now have the ability to upload and share their own PDF documents.  It’s all part of a new service called DASH – (Data Sharing, Fast).  Those attending the ALAMW meeting in Boston next week can check it out.  The complete press release is below.

ebrary Announces DASH! – Data Sharing, Fast
First-of-its-kind technology lets Academic Complete customers upload and share their own PDF documents at no cost, no limitations

January 11, 2010— ebrary®, a leading provider of digital content products and technologies, today announced that its Academic Complete subscribers can now quickly and easily upload, integrate, and share an unlimited number of their own PDF documents right from their computers with DASH!™.   This innovative new feature further increases the value of the company’s flagship subscription e-book database, which offers multi-user access to a growing, multidisciplinary selection of more than 45,100 authoritative titles from the world’s leading publishers along with powerful research capabilities including InfoTools™.

ebrary will unveil DASH! at the ALA Midwinter Conference and will be using the technology to create collections on a variety of topics including autism, natural disasters, and breast cancer real time at the ebrary booth (#1800).  The collections will be publically available after ALA, similar to ebrary’s H1N1 (Influenza) Information Research Center at  http://h1n1.ebrary.com/home.action. Furthermore, ebrary will be conducting a live webcast from the ALA on Saturday, January 16, 2010 from 8am to 10am EST.  To sign up for the webcast visit http://www.ebrary.com/corp/inforequest/alamw10webcast.jsp.

“Our customers have told us that one of their biggest pain points is the inability to take charge of their electronic content:  They need the ability to build digital libraries and enhance them with journals, books, maps, theses and dissertations, newspapers, conference proceedings, photographs, audio, video, and other valuable information from multiple sources,” said Christopher Warnock, CEO of ebrary.  “With Academic Complete, libraries have the breadth of content to get started; with InfoTools they can integrate other resources and other media types; and now with DASH!, we hope they have the tools and framework that inspire them to build and share their own digital collections within their institution, with other organizations, and freely on the web.”

“DASH! is really a progression of our core technology, which turns PDF files into searchable, highly interactive databases in a very powerful and cost-effective way,” said Kevin Sayar, President of ebrary.  “By making this capability available as a self-serve feature to our global community of Academic Complete customers, we can empower librarians to further facilitate knowledge and ideas.  DASH! is just the tool.  How librarians use it is entirely up to them.”

Currently in beta, DASH! enables authorized librarians to easily upload individual PDF files or batches of documents along with corresponding metadata from the convenience of their own computers.  Documents are almost instantaneously added to a new collection that seamlessly integrates with Academic Complete as well other ebrary products and services.

Collections created with DASH! include all of ebrary’s rich functionality for quickly and easily discovering and managing information online such as InfoTools, which turns every word into a portal to other online resources of the library’s choice; highlighting and annotating; multiple search options; and personal bookshelves.

Pricing and Availability
The beta version of DASH! is now available to Academic Complete customers at no cost.  For more information visit www.ebrary.com or email sales@ebrary.com.

About ebrary (www.ebrary.com)
ebrary helps libraries, corporations, publishers, and consumers get the most out of their digital content. The company offers a growing selection of more than 170,000 digital books, handbooks, reports, maps, journals and other valuable content from over 425 of the world’s leading publishers under flexible subscription, purchase, and usage-based models. Additionally, ebrary offers content services (SaaS and licensed) for customers to cost-effectively distribute their own PDF content online.

All ebrary products and services can be integrated and delivered via a single easy-to-use interface that includes powerful tools for finding, discovering, and managing information. With ebrary InfoTools™, every word in the ebrary system is a network to other online resources of the customer’s choice, extending content value while increasing end-user knowledge and efficiencies.

Founded in 1999, ebrary is privately held and is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, USA.