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May 20, 2020

(California Digital Library) The Advisory Council of the EarthArXiv preprint service for earth sciences announced a partnership with the California Digital Library that will support EarthArXiv’s mission, future growth, and long-term sustainability. Core to this partnership will be the transition of EarthArXiv’s preprints server – including public display and submission management – from the Center for Open Science to the eScholarship Publishing program at the CDL. CDL will host EarthArXiv using Janeway, an open source publishing platform developed by the Centre for Technology and Publishing and the Open Library of Humanities at Birkbeck University of London. EarthArXiv’s Advisory Council will maintain ownership and control over the preprint server, while the eScholarship Publishing team will contribute to the development, support, and maintenance of the Janeway platform.

October 24, 2017

(California Digital Library) The Publishing group at the California Digital Library announced the launch of a major redesign of the eScholarship repository and publishing platform. eScholarship serves as the Open Access repository for the University of California system, offering tools and services to help UC scholars and researchers openly share the full range of their scholarly work. eScholarship also provides a comprehensive Open Access publishing program, currently publishing over 70 academic journals across academic disciplines.

November 7, 2013

(HathiTrust) HathiTrust announced the release of a new, state-of-the-art bibliographic management system for its 11-million volume digital repository. The new system, called Zephir, is developed and managed by the California Digital Library, and represents the first distributed development of a major repository component outside the University of Michigan.

October 2, 2012

(California Digital Library) The University of California’s Digital Library and its partnerslaunched DataUp, a free data management tool. Researchers struggling to meet new data management requirements from funders, journals and their own institutions now can use the DataUp Web application and a Microsoft Excel add-in to document and archive their tabular data.

February 9, 2012

(California Digital Library) The California Digital Library, on behalf of the University of California system, will supporting open source publishing infrastructure through a major development partnership with the Public Knowledge Project. As a result of this agreement, the CDL will assist with PKP's ongoing development and support of its open source software suite - Open Journal Systems, Open Conference Systems, and Open Harvester System, with Open Monograph Press due for release in the coming year.

April 18, 2011

(California Digital Library) With the endorsement of the University Librarians, UCLA will procure WorldCat Local as the infrastructure for Next Generation Melvyl; once finished, Melvyl @ University of California will become UC’s official Melvyl discovery and access service. The decision was made after an initial pilot launch in April 2008 and an extensive evaluation phase beginning in August of 2009 that included input from UC students, faculty, staff, librarians, and from those outside the UC system. Timelines will be developed for a plan for discontinuing the current Melvyl catalog, after a short overlap period that will extend for two weeks past the end of finals on all campuses. Using WorldCat Local moves discovery beyond the local level to the network level. While limiting the scope of discovery to local catalogs made sense in the analog library in order to meet timely delivery expectations, this technique makes less sense in the digital library environment, where the delivery of information to users depends less on a user’s location than on her credentials.

April 5, 2011

(California Digital Library) The California Digital Library announced the release of version 3.0 of XTF, an open source, highly flexible software application that supports the search, browse and display of heterogeneous digital content. XTF provides efficient and practical methods for creating customized end-user interfaces for distinct digital content collections and is used by institutions worldwide.

January 31, 2011

(California Digital Library) The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the University of California Libraries a three-year grant to support implementation of the Western Regional Storage Trust, a distributed shared print repository program for retrospective journal archives. Twenty libraries and library consortia participated in the planning phase, including libraries from the University of California system, Stanford University, Arizona State University, the University of Washington, the University of Oregon, other members of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, the Greater Western Library Alliance, and the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium. More than 60 additional academic libraries have expressed an intention to join the project as it moves into implementation.

September 29, 2010

(California Digital Library) The Publishing Group of the California Digital Library (CDL) announces the launch of the eXtensible Text Framework (XTF) website (, supporting a robust open-source application for providing access to digital content. Developed and maintained by the CDL, XTF functions as the primary access technology for the CDL’s digital collections and similar projects worldwide. XTF excels in supporting rapid, customized application development and deployment. Its high degree of extensibility and performance (even for large documents and large collections) frees implementers to focus on building sophisticated presentations for their digital object collections.

July 21, 2009

(California Digital Library) Researchers and scholars now will be able to delve into archived Web sites captured by the California Digital Library's Web Archiving Service (WAS). This new tool enables faculty, researchers and librarians to capture, curate and preserve Web sites, thus creating permanent archives available to researchers everywhere. The social history of our times is now being preserved in archives as rich and varied as the contentious 2003 California recall election, hundreds of California state Web archives, the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp Web archive and the Middle East Political Sites archive.

September 22, 2008

(California Digital Library) After a careful evaluation, CDL has selected Serials Solutions 360 Resource Manager to manage the CDL’s shared licensing activities for Tier 1 and CDL-supported Tier 2 resources.

May 13, 2008

(California Digital Library) The California Digital Library announced a new release of its search and display technology, the eXtensible Text Framework (XTF) version 2.1.

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