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Readex to Launch Digital Edition of JPRS Reports, 1957-1994

A digital edition of Joint Publications Research Service (JPRS) Reports, 1957-1994, will be released by Readex, a division of NewsBank, in late summer 2011. This unique new resource—fully searchable for the first time—will feature English translations of foreign-language monographs, reports, serials, journal articles, newspaper articles, and radio and television broadcasts from regions throughout the world. With an emphasis on communist and third-world countries, JPRS contains a wealth of hard-to-find scientific, technical, and social science materials translated from many languages; in fact, few libraries or institutions outside of the Central Intelligence Agency and the Library of Congress hold a complete microform edition, especially for the first two decades following the founding of JPRS.

Featuring four million pages from more than 130,000 reports, the Readex digital edition of Joint Publications Research Service (JPRS) Reports, 1957-1994 will enable researchers to explore a vast corpus of foreign material. These reports, some of which are quite rare, are ideal for researching military, socioeconomic, political, environmental, scientific, and technical issues and events. The comprehensive Readex digital edition will feature an intuitive interface that includes digital full-text searching, metadata search assistance, and an individual bibliographic record for each JPRS Report. In addition, JPRS Reports, 1957-1994, will be cross-searchable with the Readex digital edition of Foreign Broadcast Information Service Daily Reports, 1941-1996.

JPRS was established in March 1957 as part of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of Technical Services, about 6 months before the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1. Acting as a unit within the Central Intelligence Agency, JPRS staffers prepared translations for the use of U.S. Government officials, various agencies, and the research and industrial communities. During the Cold War, the reports were primarily translations rather than analysis or commentary, with an emphasis on scientific and technical topics. Over time, however, that scope expanded to cover environmental concerns, world health issues, nuclear proliferation, and more.

Source: Readex



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