June 15, 2021

Next Gen Library Publishing (NGLP) Project Shares Technical Development Directions and Issues a Request for Participation

From an Educopia Announcement by Kristen Ratan, Katherine Skinner, Catherine Mitchell:

Following more than a year of research and engagement with library publishers, the Next Gen Library Publishing (NGLP) project is pleased to announce its technical development directions.

We are now commissioning the build of two components: a cross-content web delivery/discovery platform and a cross-platform administrative dashboard for journal publishing. These elements will be designed to help bridge journal publishing platforms (e.g., Open Journal Systems, Janeway) and repository platforms (e.g.,  DSpace). All of our work will be released with open source licenses, and we will be working directly with at least three service providers that plan to provide hosted publishing services based in part on this development work: California Digital Library, Longleaf Services, Inc., and LYRASIS.

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NGLP will support the use of existing open source technologies by building two new components that 1) improve cross-content web delivery and discovery and 2) improve cross-platform data analysis. NGLP will also investigate how best to integrate existing and new tools and migrate early adopters onto the new architecture. A critical piece of the success of this project will be seeding an ecosystem of mission-aligned service providers as many library publishers do not want to host and run their own open source software.

With this roadmap in mind, our next step is to commission the build of two software components.

  1. The first component is the cross-content web delivery and discovery platform that can pull in content from journal manuscript submission systems such as OJS and Janeway, and combine it with content from other sources such as institutional repositories for a multi-leveled branding and content display and search.
  2. The second component is a cross-platform administrative dashboard that pulls activity and usage data from multiple platforms and offers reports that offer insight into an institution’s publishing program.

The initial open source platforms that NGLP will seek to integrate will be OJS and Janeway for journal editorial and production support, and DSpace for institutional repository support. Additional platforms and tools may be added and combined with the commissioned new component builds.

Learn More in the Complete Announcement and Sign-Up to Participate

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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