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AAUP 2007: Digital Rotunda (P. Kaiserlian)

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AAUP 2007: Digital Rotunda (P. Kaiserlian)

  1. 1. The Digital Rotunda Penelope Kaiserlian University of Virginia Press [email_address]
  2. 3. Background <ul><li>Established 2001 to leverage existing strength of UVa in incubating digital scholarship </li></ul><ul><li>Funding from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and President’s Office at UVa </li></ul><ul><li>Provide traditional peer reviewing, editing, marketing and business functions for digital publications </li></ul>
  3. 4. topics <ul><li>Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Content </li></ul><ul><li>Business model </li></ul>
  4. 5. Technology <ul><li>Primary source content drives choice of XML over PDF </li></ul><ul><li>High startup cost of technology: Mark Logic “content interaction server” </li></ul><ul><li>Accessing the material in new ways/Content-driven viewer environments: customized navigation merging multiple document sources </li></ul>
  5. 6. topics <ul><li>Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Content </li></ul><ul><li>Business model </li></ul>
  6. 7. Content <ul><li>Practical and Strategic reasons for building foundational content collections: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dearth of born digital content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Preference of librarians for large subject-oriented collections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Existing UVa and other University Press list strength in documentary and critical editions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Rotunda is divided into two subject area collections: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>American Founding Era </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>19th Century Literature and Culture </li></ul></ul>
  7. 9. <ul><li>Collection primarily focused on the major Founding Era documentary editions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>George Washington </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>John, Abigail, and John Quincy Adams </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thomas Jefferson </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>James and Dolley Madison </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Alexander Hamilton </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution </li></ul></ul>
  8. 10. <ul><li>“ It is clear that while the Adams Papers will be a valuable research tool as an individual publication, they will be greatly enhanced by being part of this extraordinary Rotunda collection.” </li></ul><ul><li>— C. James Taylor, Editor in Chief, Adams Papers </li></ul><ul><li>Advantage to having all major Founding Era projects together is to provide interoperability in two ways: </li></ul>
  9. 11. <ul><li>“ It is clear that while the Adams Papers will be a valuable research tool as an individual publication, they will be greatly enhanced by being part of this extraordinary Rotunda collection.” </li></ul><ul><li>— C. James Taylor, Editor in Chief, Adams Papers </li></ul><ul><li>Advantage to having all major Founding Era projects together is to provide interoperability in two ways: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SEARCH </li></ul></ul>
  10. 15. <ul><li>“ It is clear that while the Adams Papers will be a valuable research tool as an individual publication, they will be greatly enhanced by being part of this extraordinary Rotunda collection.” </li></ul><ul><li>— C. James Taylor, Editor in Chief, Adams Papers </li></ul><ul><li>Advantage to having all major Founding Era projects together is to provide interoperability in two ways: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SEARCH </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NAVIGATION </li></ul></ul>
  11. 17. <ul><li>User arrives at documents in Founding Era through one of four &quot;entrances”: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chronology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Print Edition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Index </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Search </li></ul></ul>
  12. 19. <ul><li>How the reader navigates through the documents (moving to &quot;next&quot; or &quot;previous&quot; document, or moving up and down in the document hierarchy) will depend on which of the four entrances they have used to reach the document </li></ul>
  13. 20. <ul><li>Variety of projects: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Comparative textual editions: Melville Unfolding (IATH); Clotel (E-text) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digitized legacy content: Letters of Christina Rossetti; Letters of Matthew Arnold; VLCS Digitized (monographs) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Born digital with facsimiles: Emily Dickinson’s Correspondences </li></ul></ul>
  14. 24. topics <ul><li>Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Content </li></ul><ul><li>Business model </li></ul>
  15. 25. Pricing Model <ul><li>“ Perpetual license” plus annual maintenance fee </li></ul><ul><li>Tiered pricing based on institution size and type </li></ul><ul><li>Addition of subscription model as collections grow </li></ul><ul><li>Possible addition of timed access model for individuals </li></ul>
  16. 27. Marketing &quot;[The Dolley Madison Digital Edition] bodes well both for the future of online scholarship and ROTUNDA”-- Library Journal <ul><li>Marketed and sold direct to academic and research libraries, high schools, and individual scholars </li></ul><ul><li>35 customers as of 6/15/07 </li></ul>
  17. 28. Thank you Penelope Kaiserlian University of Virginia Press [email_address]

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