For Release: August 24, 2004

Contact:  Sarah E. Thomas, Cornell University Librarian,
<[log in to unmask]>, (607) 255-3689; or
Thomas Hickerson, Assoc. Univ. Librarian for Information Technologies and
Special Collections, <[log in to unmask]>, (607) 255-9965

Cornell Library to Distribute its Open Source Electronic Publishing System

Ithaca, NY -- Cornell University Library is developing an open source
publication management system that will provide authors and publishers with
a more affordable way to publish scholarly research on the Web. In making
its DPubS software available to libraries, university presses, and other
independent publishers, Cornell will expand opportunities for creative
communication among scholars around the world.

Cornell has received a $670,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
to enhance and extend its innovative electronic publishing software called
DPubS (Digital Publishing System). "DPubS will offer libraries, university
presses, and others the capability to publish open access or
subscription-based journals more cost effectively. It should be a terrific
catalyst for change in scholarly publishing," said Sarah Thomas, Cornell
University Librarian.

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