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bepress to market and support its Institutional Repository platform

Berkeley, CA . July 9, 2007 - The Berkeley Electronic Press (bepress) announced today that it would begin selling its Institutional Repository platform directly. The bepress Institutional Repository platform currently powers the eScholarship Repository of the University of California system as well as over 50 schools under the name of Digital Commons™ sold by ProQuest Information and Learning™.

"We are extremely excited to begin selling our Institutional Repositories solution directly," said Aaron Edlin, President & CEO of the Berkeley Electronic Press, adding, "This creates all kinds of opportunities for us to promote scholarly communication, our core mission."

For the past three years, the bepress platform has been licensed exclusively by ProQuest Information and Learning™. Henceforth, all new licenses will be made directly by bepress.

At this point, roughly 1/3 of American Research Libraries have Institutional Repositories with many more still in the planning stages. According to Wikipedia, "An Institutional Repository is an online locus for collecting, preserving, and disseminating -- in digital form -- the intellectual output of an institution, particularly a research institution."

To spearhead bepress' sales effort, the company recently hired Tim Tamminga, formerly of Endeavor Information Systems, a subsidiary of Elsevier. Mr. Tamminga is Vice President of Global Sales, bepress services, and came to bepress with a wealth of experience in educational technology systems and an expertise in digital preservation.

According to Tim Tamminga, "The bepress IR product completes the bepress package of open access publication tools, with SelectedWorks for individuals to create their own websites for showcasing their intellectual accomplishments, EdiKit to manage the workflow processes of creating and managing the publication of journals and individual working paper series, and now IRs to host an entire organization's intellectual output. Integration of all these capabilities into the Institutional Repository service will be our focus for the short term."

About bepress

Founded by professors in 1999, bepress exists to serve academia. We deliver scholarly communications and publishing services for academic institutions, empowering their communities to showcase and share their works for maximum impact. Through our services bepress seeks to link communities of scholars, listen to their needs, and provide solutions to support emerging academic missions and goals.

Bepress is the provider of Digital Commons, the leading hosted institutional repository software platform. Digital Commons is a suite of tools and services that enables institutions to manage, display, and publish scholarship to the web in a beautiful, highly visible showcase. Digital Commons offers the features of a traditional IR as well as professional-grade publishing software, management tools, and individual faculty and researcher pages to promote and disseminate scholarship and serve academia.

With Digital Commons, universities can collect, preserve, and make visible all of their intellectual output, including pre-prints, working papers, journal articles, dissertations, master's theses, conference proceedings, presentations, creative works, and a wide variety of other content types.