Monday, February 02, 2009

The L Word: JSTOR by any other name...

JSTOR and Ithaka Merge

JSTOR ( and Ithaka ( have announced the merger of their organizations. The new combined enterprise will be called Ithaka and will be dedicated to helping the academic community use digital technologies to advance scholarship and teaching and to reducing systemwide costs through collective action. 

More from Ithaka here.

More logos, brands: Aluka - Portico - NITLE


"Increasingly we are approached for help on a range of initiatives that seek to leverage this investment...” said Guthrie.

Update via AKMA: Jo Guldi's constructive vision for Journals that take seriously what it means to disseminate.

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Anonymous Kent said...

So, in 1995, Kevin Guthrie, founded JSTOR, with funding from the Mellon Foundation. Then, in 2003, Guthrie got more funding from the Mellon Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Stavros S. Niarchos Foundation and others to create an organization (Ithaka) that does the same old JSTOR stuff (but cleverly masked in Ivy League gobbled-goop-speak). Like a Wall Street arbitrage, additional funding merges the two similar entities, which both essentially serve the same function as nothing more than an old-fashioned library?

2/02/2009 10:42 AM  
Blogger Tom Matrullo said...

Kent - yes: it seems open, vernacular communication is for narrow, grasping dorks like Dante, Galileo and Descartes.

2/03/2009 10:50 AM  

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