(Washington DC & Stanford, CA, 30 May 2013) GeoScienceWorld (GSW) and HighWire Press today announced a significant expansion of their journals partnership through a new integrated eBooks platform built on the HighWire Open Platform.
The GSW eBooks Collections will be the first nonprofit, multi-publisher eBooks platform devoted to the study of the earth sciences. It will include more than 1,000 scholarly titles at launch with library-preferred purchasing and access models and the latest technologies from HighWire, including mobile access, faceted and map-based searching, metadata-driven content recommendations, and social sharing tools. Library trials will be available in January with public product release in May 2014.
With the addition of eBooks to its 45 geoscience journals and AGI’s GeoRef, GSW will provide much of the most respected earth science content with sophisticated integration, search, and discovery capabilities. The organization’s mission is to expand global access to scholarly resources using the most useful and effective research tools. As a nonprofit, GSW strives to deliver value without commercial markups. GSW’s journals archive, for example, is provided to current subscribers free of charge.
The move comes on top of a related project slated for October 2013, the beta release of OpenGeoSci, a cyber-infrastructure and map-based discovery platform, which will provide free, geographic searching for more than 300,000 maps, cross-sections, charts, tables, and other data assets from an ever-expanding collection of public and proprietary journals, eBooks, and other vetted research resources.
“The data-driven integrated, and flexible approach demonstrated in these projects showcases the visionary partnership we set out to forge with our technology partner,” says Alix Vance, Executive Director of GeoScienceWorld. “HighWire has been a trusted partner for our publishers for nearly a decade. With the addition of their Folio eBook product and incorporation of Drupal technologies, HighWire has increased its commitment to creative solutions with its Open Platform. We’re excited about the prospects for our new work together.”
”We are pleased to team with GSW on this exciting project – delivering an integrated solution for researchers to seamlessly navigate among journals, books and map-based tools,” said Tom Rump, Managing Director of HighWire. “The combination of the HighWire Open Platform and the capabilities of Drupal has the promise to be a market changer.” More details here: www.gswhome.org .