Fulcrum

NEH investment brings Michigan’s expertise in Asian studies to readers around the world

by Charles Watkinson April 9, 2018

A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will make significant books about Asia published by the University of Michigan freely and publicly available online, in editions that use digital affordances to enrich the reading and teaching experience. Together these titles will dramatically advance public understanding of the diversity of society, culture, and history in East, South, and Southeast Asia at a time when the region is rarely out of the headlines. The $200,000 grant announced on April 9 is part of the Humanities Open Book Program, created and funded jointly by NEH and the Andrew W. Mellon […]

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Tools fit for purpose: Gabii on Fulcrum

by Charles Watkinson April 2, 2018

You wouldn’t use a fork to eat soup, a saw to cut bread, or a kettle to make stew. But the feeling of having an inappropriate tool for the job is too often the experience of scholars using ebooks. A passion for creating tools that allow specialist users to interact with scholarly publications in a way that is appropriate for their discipline drives the development of University of Michigan Press’s new Fulcrum reading platform, https://www.fulcrum.org, created with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Built on open source software, Fulcrum supports bespoke reading experiences that fit the varying needs of different […]

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University of Michigan Press honored for innovation and community leadership

by Charles Watkinson February 2, 2018

The University of Michigan Press is one of three publishers listed as finalists for the UP Redux Award, to be awarded at the University Press Redux Conference hosted by UCL Press and the Association of Learned and Professional Scholarly Publishers (APLSP) in London, UK, on February 13-14, 2018. The UP Redux award recognises an individual, team or press that has made an outstanding contribution to university press publishing through innovation, providing inspiration and visibility for the sector as a whole, and challenging university presses to rethink or evolve their practice. Being a finalist means that UMP has been nominated multiple times by its international peers. Our […]

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Fulcrum e-Reader Featured in New Video

by Charles Watkinson September 30, 2017

A video posted on YouTube shows the Fulcrum e-reader in action for the first time. Fulcrum is a new platform being developed at Michigan to present monographic source materials in close connection to the narratives they support. The book used to demonstrate the new e-reader is Show Sold Separately: Promos, Spoilers, and other Media Paratexts by Jonathan Gray, a title originally published by New York University Press in print and commercial ebook form in 2010 and recently made available by the publisher as an open access title. As befits a volume about the media industry, the original book referenced many […]

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University of Michigan Press and Gabii Project Pioneer New Approach to Collaborative “Book” Publishing

by Charles Watkinson September 27, 2017

The University of Michigan’s excavations of the Early- and Mid-Republican site of Gabii have over the last few years focused attention on the origins of urbanism and rise of Rome, as a successful competitor to the city only 15 miles to the east. Thanks to the leadership of Nicola Terrenato, Marcello Mogetta, and Rachel Opitz the project has also been a pioneer in the application of digital technologies, especially 3D photogrammetry. The Gabii team was thoughtful from the start of the project in envisioning how the application of new tools in field research might be best represented in the final […]

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