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  • Popplestone, Ann
    ... From: Anthro-L [mailto:Anthro-l@listserv.buffalo.edu] On Behalf Of Darcy Dapra Sent: Thursday, January 15, 2004 12:42 PM To: ANTHRO-L@LISTSERV.BUFFALO.EDU
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      From: Anthro-L [mailto:Anthro-l@...] On Behalf Of Darcy Dapra
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      Subject: [ANTHRO-L] News from University of California Press

      Hello Everyone,

      I thought this might be of interest (my apologies for cross posting):


      BERKELEY, CA, JANUARY 15, 2004-University of California Press (UC Press) and the American Anthropological Association (AAA) today announced a multiple-year publishing partnership to produce the Association's historical web-based communications initiative AnthroSource.  An electronic portal designed to provide access to a vast network of digitized materials on anthropology, AnthroSource  will unite over 100 years of anthropological material and all AAA publications. UC Press has begun work on the development and implementation of the AnthroSource and has assumed responsibility for print and electronic production of 19 of the AAA's journals, newsletters, and bulletins. 

      The AnthroSource initiative, financed in part through the generosity of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, was conceived in response to the challenges of scholarly publishing in anthropology.  According to Bill Davis, the Executive Director of the AAA, the Association envisioned AnthroSource "as a means to facilitate worldwide communication among anthropologists and scholars in related fields and to allow scholars to access a vast range of published and unpublished material at a low cost, with great ease and speed." 

      After careful planning and consultation, the AAA selected University of California Press as its partner for implementation of its publishing program and the portal.  UC Press, which has long been on the forefront of major anthropological scholarship, electronic content, and production of award-winning journals, is well equipped to guide the Association's publishing program.  Rebecca Simon, Assistant Director for Journals Publishing at UC Press, commented, "AnthroSource is an ambitious project that will most certainly change the way that anthropologists, researchers, and students work.  It will not only expand their access to a variety of data and content, but also heighten the visibility for anthropological scholarship worldwide.  We're pleased to have the opportunity to be a part of such an important program." 

      As a first step, AAA will make past and current issues of its 29 print publications available online. Though the first viewable data in AnthroSource will be text-based, the portal will eventually provide single-point electronic access to all forms of media-sound, video, photographs, collections, and related databases-enabling easy retrieval of a broad range of emergent, established, and rare anthropological material. AnthroSource will also include articles from journals published by other organizations and provide access to unpublished gray literature of relevance for anthropological research.

      Founded in 1902, the American Anthropological Association (AAA) is the world's largest organization of anthropologists and largest single publisher of anthropological journals.  The AAA's unparalleled and long-standing reputation as a publisher of seminal anthropological scholarship uniquely positions the Association to guide the development of AnthroSource. The AAA currently publishes 29 publications annually, and has over 11,000 members.  For more information about the AAA, please contact Ghita Levine at glevine@... or 703.528.1902 ext. 3039. 

      The University of California Press produces 32 journals annually, including the award-winning journals, Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture, Contexts: Understanding People in Their Social Worlds, Social Problems, and Representations.  One of the oldest scholarly publishers in the United States, the Press commands a distinctive repertoire of periodicals in the humanities and social sciences, with concentrations in history, sociology, cultural studies, law, and area studies.  For additional information, contact http://www.ucpress.edu/journals

      Media interested in setting up an interview regarding the partnership between University of California Press and the American Anthropological Association should direct inquiries to Rebekah Darksmith, UC Press Journals Manager, at rebekah.darksmith@....

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