Portico and Project MUSE partner on eBook preservation

September 25, 2012 – New York, NY Portico and Project MUSE are pleased to announce that they are partnering to secure the long-term preservation of e-books published online in MUSE through the University Press Content Consortium (UPCC). Working together, Project MUSE and Portico will ensure that the e-book offerings of the UPCC—73 presses and more than 15,000 books at the time of signing—will remain available for future scholars, researchers, and students.

“Partnering with Portico will make it possible for Project MUSE to future-proof the book content entrusted to us by the members of the UPCC community,” said Terry Ehling, associate director of Project MUSE. “The archiving and preservation of our book content is a priority for us, and we look forward to working closely with Portico to ensure that the UPCC title collections are available to scholars in perpetuity.”

The UPCC book collections allow thousands of peer-reviewed new and backlist e-books to be discovered and searched in an integrated environment with content from nearly 500 journals currently on the Project MUSE platform. The book collections’ inclusion in the Portico archive strengthens a growing e-book preservation service currently responsible for the long-term preservation of more than 150,000 e-books from a spectrum of publishers, including university presses, societies, and commercial publishers.

“This is an important partnership for both the university press and library communities,” stated Kate Wittenberg, Portico managing director. “Project MUSE’s investment in the long-term preservation of the UPCC books reflects their deep commitment to their library customers.”

About Project Muse
Project MUSE is a leading provider of digital humanities and social science content for the scholarly community. Since 1995 the MUSE journal collections have supported a wide array of research needs at academic, public, special, and school libraries worldwide. MUSE is the trusted source of complete, full-text versions of scholarly journals from many of the world’s leading university presses and scholarly societies, with over 120 publishers currently participating. UPCC Book Collections on Project MUSE, launched in January 2012, offer top quality book-length scholarship, fully integrated with MUSE’s scholarly journal content.

About Portico
Portico (www.portico.org) is a digital preservation service for e-journals, e-books, and other scholarly e-content. The Portico archive is certified as a “trustworthy digital repository” by the Center for Research Libraries; more than 14,000 e-journals, more than 150,000 e-books, and 48 d-collections have been entrusted to it. For a complete list of Portico-related facts and figures, please visit Portico Archive Facts & Figures. Portico is part of ITHAKA, a not-for-profit organization that also includes JSTOR and Ithaka S+R.

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