Press to launch electronic publishing
University Press of Virginia
will develop a peer-reviewed electronic-publishing program of
original digital scholarship in the humanities with the support
of a two-year, $635,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
new electronic imprint will publish large-scale scholarly projects
that involve computerized research and are created in a digital
format, not simply electronic versions of print publications or
press will aim to publish two to 10 electronic publications a
year in American history, American and British literature, architecture
and archaeology, all areas emphasized in the press's book program.
The publications will be available either on the Web or on CDs,
or both. Staff will experiment with and document a variety of
cost-recovery business models for electronic publishing in consultation
with Darden faculty.
disseminating new knowledge, the electronic imprint will complete
the cycle of digital scholarship at the University," U.Va. President
John T. Casteen III said. Significant research is carried out
at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities and
other digital centers, instruction is involved through U.Va.'s
Teaching and Technology Initiative, and collection and preservation
of electronic materials are an important role of the library.
is a unique opportunity to experiment in applying the skills and
standards of scholarly publishing to electronic projects, to attempt
to resolve some of the issues that have stood in the way of scholarly
electronic publishing, and to share what we learn with the academic
and publishing community," said Nancy C. Essig, director of the
electronic projects exceed the capabilities of print and are able
to include vast amounts of original source material in multimedia
formats, offering new insights, forms of understanding and further
avenues of research, said John Unsworth, director of U.Va.'s internationally
recognized Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities,
who has worked closely in the planning of the new effort. A well-known
example is the award-winning "Valley of the Shadow" Civil War
history project, created through the Institute by U.Va. professor
Edward L. Ayers and recently published on digital disks by W.W.
many innovative scholarly projects are being created within the
University, the University Press will look nationally and internationally
for pioneering digital work, Essig said. Each project published
will be approved by the press's editorial board and will receive
extensive peer review just as print publications do.
will begin in the spring, as soon as a manager and staff are hired
and advisory board established. The University will match the
Mellon grant with institutional funds and a grant from the Alumni
Board of Trustees.
The press eventually will build a list of as many as 10 electronic
publications annually, in addition to the 50 or so books it publishes
The $635,000 Mellon grant is part of a fund-raising effort to
match a $25 million commitment to the University's Digital Academical
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