SOURCE: SavoirSoft

SavoirSoft

March 21, 2011 12:30 ET

SavoirSoft to Provide Grants for Academic Libraries, University Presses and On-Line Education Programs

Cultivating the Best-Practices of Digital Scholarly Publishing, Academic Research, and On-Line Teaching

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - March 21, 2011) - Dedicated to promoting choice and independence in digital publishing and distribution, and to improving the discovery of unique, digital works-of-art on the Internet; SavoirSoft announced today it will provide grants and no-fee licenses to its micro-licensing publication platform for public and private, not-for-profit academic libraries, university presses, and on-line teaching initiatives.

Institutions participating in SavoirSoft's grant and licensing program will study new ways to connect with digital collections and demonstrate innovative collaboration and distribution tools for micro-publishing using openly available, non-proprietary computing formats freely accessible by all current and future computing devices. Results and findings will be made available to participants so best-practices in support of digital scholarly publishing, academic research, and on-line teaching may be further advanced by all.

SavoirSoft's grant program is designed to help universities, libraries, and on-line education organizations build new digital micro-publication and distribution channels that enrich information access and digital literacy of their user communities. Up to $1.2 million in no-fee licenses and grants will be awarded. Program details can be found at: www.savoirsoft.com/universities.html and SavoirSoft's blog here.

Eligible organizations are those educating future writers and information professionals; developing on-line teaching aids, materials and curricula designed to be distributed digitally across the Internet; and those who are currently providing, managing, or studying access to digital library collections. Program applications are considered individually by SavoirSoft's Board of Directors on a first received, first reviewed basis.

The goals and objectives of the program are to:

  • connect vast populations of readers and researchers to many more authors, experts and mentors furthering the tremendous value program participants contribute to discovery and learning;
  • empower institutions to create, publish, and distribute their own curricula and scholastic journals;
  • establish ecosystems that: i) resurrect valuable, but thinly published and abandoned subjects areas and academic disciplines, ii) promote unique works-of-art, and iii) support funding sustainability;

About SavoirSoft Corporation

SavoirSoft's micro-licensing platform provides powerful new ways to link to digital collections around the world; connect with readers; and to re-purpose, sell and distribute digital versions of text-based works-of-art. Flexibly fortifying copyrights so such digital works can be easily and securely used by all current and future computing devices, SavoirSoft's platform provides alternatives to tablet / eReader manufacturers and eBook aggregators. The platform may be used as "software-as-a-service" at www.savoirSoft.com or installed independently and linked to other digital collections also using SavoirSoft's platform. 

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