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PKP Announces Major Development Partner

Postby kstranac » Mon Sep 26, 2011 2:26 pm

The Public Knowledge Project (PKP) is pleased to announce that the University Library System (ULS), University of Pittsburgh has entered into a major partnership with PKP, furthering a commitment to the development of scholarly communication software. As a result of this agreement, the ULS will provide significant financial and in-kind support to assist with PKP’s ongoing development and support of its open source software suite—Open Journal Systems (OJS), Open Conference Systems (OCS), and Open Harvester System (OHS), with Open Monograph Press (OMP) due for release in the coming year.

Brian Owen, Associate Librarian at Simon Fraser University and PKP’s Managing Director stated, "It is very encouraging to have an energetic and innovative PKP site like ULS step forward so readily as a development partner just as we are launching our sustainability initiative." Rush Miller, Director of the ULS at the University of Pittsburgh noted, "PKP software is an integral part of where we see scholarly communication and publishing going at the University of Pittsburgh. PKP is providing real solutions."

The University Library System, University of Pittsburgh has evolved an innovative program to support journal publishing services free of charge for partners worldwide. Moving beyond support for the home institution, the ULS now offers its services to publishing partners who share a commitment to Open Access for high-quality peer-reviewed scholarly content. The ULS has developed an efficient process and suite of tools with OJS as a foundation to work with new publishing partners and encourage them to become nearly self-sufficient in publishing new peer-reviewed content. The ULS e-journal publishing program is part of ULS’ D-Scribe Digital Publishing program, which includes over 100 thematic collections of scholarly digital assets in all formats.

John Willinsky, Khosla Family Professor of Education at Stanford University, founding Director of PKP, and a member of the Publications Advisory Board at the University of Pittsburgh, announced "This partnership represents a new phase of international cooperation in developing open source resources for the scholarly community and for scholarly communication; it represents an important advance in PKP’s growing association with research libraries."

The ULS is the 25th-largest academic library system in North America. Under the administration of the Hillman University Librarian and ULS Director, it includes 21 libraries and holds more than 6.2 million volumes and world-class specialized collections, among them the Archive of Scientific Philosophy and the Archives of Industrial Society, as well as major foreign-language materials from around the world totaling 1.4 million volumes. The ULS offers state-of-the-art facilities and services, with innovative digital library collections and capabilities.

PKP is dedicated to improving the scholarly and public quality of research. With more than ten thousand installations of Open Journal Systems (OJS); Open Conference Systems (OCS); and Open Harvester Systems (OHS) around the world, the Public Knowledge Project (PKP) has proven that open source software can be a game changer in scholarly publishing.

In September 2011, PKP officially launched a major sustainability campaign to ensure the continued development and enhancement of its open source software suite and to provide better support for the growing PKP user community. To find out more about this initiative and how your site can become a PKP sponsor visit the PKP Web site at

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