Who Are We

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is DPubS?

A: Digital Publishing System (DPubS) is the name given to open-source software being developed at Cornell that meets the full range of electronic publishing needs.

Q: Who developed DPubS?

A: The origins of DPubS are from the Dienst system, developed by Cornell's Computer Science department in the mid '90s and used for several years as the engine behind NCSTRL, a distributed network of Computer Science technical reports. This code base has been completely modified, enhanced and extended by Cornell University Library.

Q: Who is DPubS designed for?

A: DPubS is designed for institutions with a need for a powerful and flexible open-source electronic publishing platform.

Q: Where can I get the code?

A: DPubS will be released under an open-source license. An alpha version of DPubS will be available late 2005, with final release scheduled for mid-2006.

Q: What are DPubS operating system requirements?

A: DPubS will run on Linux and Solaris operating systems.

Q: What Language is DPubS coded in?

A: All DPubS services are currently implemented in Perl, with appropriate programming standards employed. DPubS operates in a mod_perl environment.

Q: What is the current development status?

A: DPubS is currently in development. An alpha version of DPubS will be available late 2005, with final release scheduled for mid-2006.

Q: How can I help evaluate early versions of the software?

A: DPubS is seeking several partner institutions which can begin testing an alpha version of DPubS in late 2005, with beta testing scheduled for early 2006 and final release in mid 2006.

Q: What is the current Mellon-supported project?

A: The current project supports extensions and enhancements to the current version of DPubS, making it a general-purpose publishing platform for scholarly literature in diverse fields. It will support peer review, have extensive administrative functionality, and will provide interoperability with open-source institutional repository systems.

With generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Cornell University Library is undertaking this development project in collaboration with the Pennsylvania State University Libraries and the Pennsylvania State University Press.

Q: How are early versions of DPubS currently being utilized?

A: DPubS is currently supporting the academic publishing community by delivering a variety of unique publications. Some examples:

Project Euclid, a Cornell University Library initiative to advance effective and affordable scholarly communication in theoretical and applied mathematics and statistics.

Pennsylvania History, a quarterly journal that publishes the best of current scholarship on the history of the Commonwealth and the region. Pennsylvania History is the official journal of the Pennsylvania Historical Association.

Indonesia, a semi-annual journal published by the Cornell Southeast Asia Program, offers more than 700 articles and reviews devoted to the timely study of Indonesia's culture, history, government, economy, and society from 1966 to the present.

Cornell Technical Reports and Papers, a collection of publications from the Cornell Theory Center, the Cornell Computer Science Department, and other departments and units.


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