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ebrary Announces Institutional Repository Pilot Program

ebrary announced that it is developing a new product that enables libraries to cost-effectively create online institutional repositories of documents, such as theses and dissertations, technical reports, articles, curricula guidelines, and special collections. In preparation, the company is extending a free pilot program to its existing customers and libraries that subscribe to ebrary's database collections by June 30, 2003.The system allows organizations to securely distribute their content over the Internet in an environment that integrates with existing infrastructures.

Participants that enroll in the pilot program prior to June 30, 2003 will receive the following:

  • 500 megabytes worth of free storage (approximately 30,000 pages)
  • A co-branded portal of the library's own content openly and freely accessible via the library's Web site
  • Inclusion in an aggregated institutional repository openly and freely available via ebrary's Web site
Among other benefits, the institutional repository pilot program provides:
  • Simultaneous, multiuser access. Any number of researchers may access the information at any time, from anywhere
  • Ability to integrate the institutional repository with existing ILS systems, ebrary databases, and other digital resources
  • ebrary InfoTools, which allow researchers to highlight words and instantly link to corresponding information, such as definitions, biographical information, maps, translations, and more
  • Advanced searching capabilities within and across documents
  • PDF technology, which provides a mirror digital image of the documents in print
Source: ebrary

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