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ingenta in Partnership to Create Open Archive E-Print Services

ingenta, Inc. announced that it has partnered with the University of Southampton to develop software for the growing Open Archives movement. The university has played a key role in the Open Archives initiative (OAi) with the development of the software resource that supports it. ePrints, created by Southampton's Department of Electronics and Computer Science (, allows organizations to create Web-based archives (e-print services) for their research articles, lecture notes, and other documents and associated metadata. Virginia Tech, University of Glasgow, and the Australian National University are among the hundreds of organizations worldwide that have implemented the software to provide easy and open access to the activities being undertaken by their researchers.

The goal of the OAi movement is to create interoperability between these archives, ultimately allowing Web users to search a number of them simultaneously. This would result in a powerful new distribution channel through which researchers could collaborate. This will sit alongside and complement the formally published and peer-reviewed scientific literature provided by journal publishers. For this goal to be realized, many participating institutions will need to rely on commercially supported software and a standardized data-input model. ingenta and Southampton have agreed to collaborate in order to create this service.

Under the terms of the partnership, ingenta will create an enhanced, commercially supported version of ePrints, which it will make available as a service to institutions worldwide. A share of the proceeds will be channeled back into supporting Southampton's research and development efforts in continuing to evolve ePrints, which will also remain available as open source software.

Source: ingenta, Inc.

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