SPARC Collaborates to Develop BioOne.
A public/private collaboration of five organizations, including the Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), the Big 12 Plus Libraries Consortium, the University of Kansas, and Allen Press, have announced the development of BioOne. BioOne is an electronic aggregation of the full texts of dozens of leading research journals in the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences.
According to the announcement, BioOne will provide Internet access, for the first time, to a common database of leading journals in their fields--at prices and under usage terms sensitive to the interests of other society publishers and institutional subscribers. The project will be launched with a broad selection of the journals and bulletins published by the 55 AIBS member societies. Back issues are expected to be included, and additional publishers and journals will be added over time. Ultimately the BioOne aggregation could include nearly 200 science titles, including those from non-AIBS members.
Despite their significance in their respective fields, few of the AIBS-affiliated journals are currently available electronically. SPARC says that online access to an aggregated database of these publications represents a major advancement in information dissemination for critical fields of scholarship and research. The Internet delivery system will provide state-of-the-art functionality based on an archival SGML database and will offer cross-journal searches and inter-journal linking from references.
"Without BioOne, few of these publications would have the opportunity to meet the electronic marketplace's demands while maintaining independence in today's fast-changing environment," said Rick Johnson, SPARC enterprise director. "BioOne allows a group of undercapitalized scientific societies a low-risk means of moving decisively into electronic dissemination of research, while expanding their service to science."
BioOne is scheduled for beta release in early 2001 and expects to be operational soon thereafter. Its financing model will enable libraries and societies to fashion a mutually beneficial relationship in which customers have an opportunity to influence service features and moderate the pricing of information resources.
Source: The Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition, Washington, DC, 202/296-2296; Fax: 202/872-0884; http://www.arl.org/sparc.
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|Date:||Sep 1, 1999|
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