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Charting the New Frontier in Library Publishing: Using Janeway as an Open-Source Library Publishing Platform

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posted on 22.05.2018 by Dave Scherer, Daniel Evans, Rikk Mulligan

As the current institutional repository and publishing landscapes evolve, libraries must assess, adopt, and adapt the tools and platforms available to provide their library publishing services. Additionally, as options in both the vendor-hosted and open-source solution markets evolve and become available, library publishers should strike a balance between adopting and/or adapting solutions that will best meet the needs of their service models and communities efficiently and cost effectively. Beginning in 2017, Carnegie Mellon University began to transition its institutional repository service from Digital Commons to Figshare. Although the new repository service would expand features by also offering a data repository, this would leave Carnegie Mellon without a suitable publishing platform. While satisfied to use a hosted solution for its repository, the University Libraries wanted to diversify its dependence on vendor-hosted platforms by implementing an open-sourced publishing solution to be organizationally maintained by its new center for Digital Sciences, Humanities, Arts: Research and Publishing, dSHARP.

Recently developed by the Centre for Technology and Publishing at Birkbeck, University of London, the Janeway publishing platform is an open-sourced journal management system. This session will discuss how the need to evaluate hosted and open-sourced solutions for institutional repositories and publishing platforms, how the decision was made to proceed with an open-sourced platform, why Janeway was chosen, and how Carnegie Mellon is using it as their choice for library publishing. Attendees can also expect to hear why the publishing platform will be organizationally owned by dSHARP, how dSHARP is implementing Janeway, and how dSHARP has started to develop its library publishing service model with the development of several early projects, including the Carnegie Mellon Encyclopedia of Science History (CMESH).


This presentation was given at the 2018 Library Publishing Forum. Minneapolis, MN. May 22, 2018