Mellon Grant Will Help Launch New Venture
Press To Establish Innovative Electronic Imprint For Digital Scholarly
24, 2001 -- With the support of a two-year, $635,000
grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the University of Virginia
will establish a peer-reviewed electronic-publishing program at
the University Press of Virginia to publish original digital scholarship
in the humanities, President John T. Casteen III announced today.
electronic imprint will be a groundbreaking enterprise, among the
very first efforts at any university press to focus specifically
on humanities publications that originate in digital form,"
new electronic imprint will publish large-scale scholarly projects
that originate in digital form and involve computerized research,
not simply electronic versions of print publications or e-books.
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 Presss 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 faculty
experts in the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration.
disseminating new knowledge, the electronic imprint will complete
the cycle of digital scholarship at the University," Casteen
noted. 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 Press.
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. Norton.
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 Presss 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
Press eventually will build a list of as many as 10 electronic publications
annually, in addition to the 50 or so books it publishes each year.
$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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