Blackboard and Berkeley Electronic Press Announce ResearchNow Content Blackboard Building Block(TM)
New Integration Tool Will Bring 85,000 Papers to Online Learning Communities
WASHINGTON, DC and BERKELEY, CA, Feb 28, 2006 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB) and The Berkeley Electronic Press
(bepress) today announced the launch of the ResearchNow Blackboard
Building Block, a new tool that integrates with the Blackboard
Learning System(TM), enabling online access to tens of thousands of
scholarly materials. The ResearchNow Content Building Block makes it
possible for educators to search directly in Blackboard for access to
more than 85,000 journal articles, working papers, institutional
repository materials, theses and dissertations hosted within
ResearchNow, The Berkeley Electronic Press's innovative database of
scholarly information. Relevant resources may be easily selected and
incorporated into the Blackboard Academic Suite(TM).
ResearchNow is a collection of academic materials drawing from
several primary sources: the roster of peer-reviewed, Berkeley
Electronic Press journals (27 and counting), bepress-hosted subject
matter repositories such as the bepress Legal Repository and COBRA:
The Collection of Biostatistics Research Archive, and all working
papers, preprints and other "grey literature" content from
institutional repositories hosted by bepress that have opted for
inclusion. More than 50 schools -- including the University of
California system, Boston College, Cornell, and the University of
Nebraska, as well as major universities in Europe and Australia --
use the bepress platform for their institutional repositories. The
bepress repository platform has been co-marketed with ProQuest
Information & Learning since 2004 as Digital Commons. Collectively,
ResearchNow materials have been downloaded more than 3 million times
in the past year.
Blackboard provides educational technology solutions used by more
than 2,200 academic institutions and corporate and government agencies
in the United States and abroad, enabling millions of people to
access educational materials and resources at any time and from any
Blackboard Building Blocks are third party applications which enable
academic institutions to extend and customize their Blackboard(R)
application. The ResearchNow Content Building Block is available for
free download from the Blackboard Building Blocks Catalog
(http://www.blackboard.com/extend/b2/), and is free to use.
The Berkeley Electronic Press, as a member of the Blackboard
Developer Network(SM), has developed a Building Block to expose
ResearchNow content to Blackboard's worldwide community of 12 million
learners and educators. Instructors using the Blackboard Learning
System can easily search ResearchNow directly from within their
Blackboard online course. A "browse by subject" option also allows
for quick searching in academic areas ranging from aerospace
engineering to urban planning. From the search results, instructors
can select specific materials and embed links to them within their
Blackboard course web site.
"The ResearchNow Content Building Block is a powerful example of how
the open Blackboard Building Blocks architecture enables a Networked
Learning Environment," said Matthew Pittinsky, Chairman of Blackboard.
"The ResearchNow Content Building Block allows instructors to search
the ResearchNow network of high-quality scholarship and easily
incorporate these materials into their online classes."
"We are pleased to connect thousands of articles, working papers, and
other scholarly literature with millions of instructors and students
via the Blackboard Learning System," said Greg Tananbaum, President
of The Berkeley Electronic Press. "The ResearchNow Building Block
will bring innovative and topical content to the virtual classroom.
This Blackboard collaboration brings first-of-its-kind visibility to
both our peer-reviewed journal imprint and our rapidly growing
Digital Commons institutional repository platform."
About The Berkeley Electronic Press
The Berkeley Electronic Press ("bepress") produces tools to improve
scholarly communication. These tools provide innovative and effective
means of content production and dissemination.
Founded by academics in 1999, bepress has a portfolio of products and
services that reduces the costs of, and barriers to, access. To learn
more about our journals, institutional repositories, subject matter
repositories, working paper series, and editorial management
software, we invite you to explore our web site at www.bepress.com.
Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB) is a leading provider of enterprise
software applications and related services to the education industry.
Founded in 1997, Blackboard enables educational innovations
everywhere by connecting people and technology. With two product
suites, the Blackboard Academic Suite(TM) and the Blackboard Commerce
Suite(TM), Blackboard is used by millions of people at academic
institutions around the globe, including colleges, universities, K-12
schools and other education providers, as well as textbook publishers
and student-focused merchants that serve education providers and
their students. Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C.,
with offices in North America, Europe and Asia.
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