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Oxford University Press to Preserve E-books with Portico

02.23.11

Agreement extends relationship beyond e-journals

Portico is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with Oxford University Press (OUP) to preserve the publisher’s entire collection of e-books from its Oxford Scholarship Online resource and Handbooks Online resource. With this agreement, OUP expands its relationship with Portico, which began in 2006 with the publisher’s commitment to deposit its entire list of e-journals in the Portico archive.

“Today, publishers increasingly need an e-books preservation strategy to effectively serve our community of scholars, researchers, and students now and into the future,” commented Robert Faber of Oxford University Press. “Portico’s e-books preservation service provides a reliable way for publishers and libraries to work together and affirm their commitment to permanent archiving.”

Oxford Scholarship Online is OUP’s cross-searchable digital library of over 4,400 full-text books in academic disciplines such as history, classical studies, religion, political science, business, literature, and mathematics. Oxford Handbooks Online is an online resource of the prestigious Oxford handbooks series, available as a collection of four subject modules.

As part of the agreement, OUP will make an annual contribution to Portico to support its e-book preservation service. “We are happy to extend our relationship with Oxford University Press, which was a very early supporter of Portico’s preservation work,” stated Toni Tracy, Director of Publisher Relations for Portico. “Through our separate e-book and e-journal preservation services, we hope to provide both publishers and libraries with options to participate in Portico in ways that suit their resources and budgets.”

Since 2005, the number of titles and types of content preserved in Portico has grown significantly. To date, over 12,000 e-journals, 70,000 e-books, and 39 digitized historical collections have been entrusted to the Portico archive. For a complete list of Portico-related facts and figures, please visit Portico’s Archive Facts & Figures. The complete list of titles and participating publishers is available at www.portico.org/digital-preservation/who-participates-in-portico/.

For additional information on Portico’s preservation services, please contact participation@portico.org.

For additional information about Oxford University Press and their online publishing program, contact christian.purdy@oup.com.