University Press eBook collections have soared these last few years. Last January I wrote my eBook Buzz column in ONLINE about the rise of University Presses – University Presses and Ebooks: A New Horizon. I’m happy to see they are growing. In the press release below, Oxford announces a new partnership with MIT Press.
NEW YORK, January 15, 2013–The MIT Press announced it will partner with Oxford University Press to launch MIT Press Scholarship Online on OUP’s University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO) platform to take advantage of a fully enabled XML environment with cutting edge search and discovery functionality.
“I am pleased that the MIT Press is partnering with Oxford Scholarship Online to host our titles on the UPSO platform. As early adopters of the Mark Logic server and an XML-first workflow, we appreciate that UPSO uses these same tools to optimize discoverability,” said Ellen Faran, director of The MIT Press. “We are convinced that features such as chapter-level tagging and chapter abstracts will encourage the use of our monographic content.”
“As both a publisher and a university, MIT has of course long been at the vanguard of progress and change, an ‘early adopter’ before the term became common parlance, and in fact more of a creator than an adopter. As education and technology intersect in increasingly fundamental ways, we at Oxford are delighted to welcome The MIT Press to the UPSO platform,” said Niko Pfund, President of OUP USA.
About University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO):
Responding to increased demand for online scholarly content, UPSO streamlines the research process by making disparately published monographs easily accessible, highly discoverable and fully cross-searchable via one online platform. Research that previously would have required users to jump between a variety of books, and disconnected websites can now be concentrated through a single search engine.
UPSO’s mission is to create an individually-branded home for monographs from each participating university press just as it has done for Oxford Scholarship Online while allowing highly intuitive tools to deep search across all the content in the program. As such, UPSO will be the premier online research tool—for scholars, teachers, graduate and undergraduate students—and an essential resource for all academic libraries.
Benefits of UPSO for academics, libraries, and partner presses:
- Provides the highest quality scholarly content across 24 subject areas
- Includes a vast and growing number of titles 10,000+ titles currently available, all with abstracts and keywords at both the book and chapter level for each title
- All UPSO content is available in XML, which provides deep tagging and better search results. Content can also be saved and downloaded to PDF
- Content is fully cross-referenced and cross-searchable, with clickable citations from bibliographies and footnotes, including OpenURL and DOI-linking support
- Allows users to streamline research through a single online platform
- Can be easily integrated into library systems and updated frequently with new content
- Offers full customer support services as well as flexibility and choice in purchasing models
- Fully mobile optimized for use on smartphones and tablets
- Increase discoverability and usage of university press scholarly materials
- Offers university presses unique opportunity to create an XML digital workflow and join a highly successful online scholarship platform, reaching the global academic market at low distribution costs
For more information regarding this partnership or the UPSO platform please contact:
Director of Publicity
Oxford University Press USA