Ithaka Harbors, Inc. is a US not-for-profit organization whose stated mission is to "help the academic community use digital technologies to preserve the scholarly record and to advance research and teaching in sustainable ways". It is the parent company of digital library website JSTOR, the digital preservation service Portico, and the research and consulting group Ithaka S+R. Ithaka was founded in 2003 by Kevin M. Guthrie. Ithaka's revenue was $86 million in 2014, most of it ($69 million) from JSTOR service fees.
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JSTOR was founded in 1995 under the direction of current ITHAKA president Kevin M. Guthrie. Guthrie also served as the founding president of ITHAKA in 2004. Both organizations were initially funded by grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The two organizations announced that they would merge in 2009 after years of working together closely. The organizations stated that the merger was "a natural progression" and that they would work together to help "academic institutions use digital technology to enhance scholarship and teaching and reduce system-wide costs through collective action."
JSTOR is a major database of academic research materials, with content that includes books, journals, and primary sources.
Portico was created by JSTOR in 2002 as the Electronic-Archiving Initiative. It was transferred to ITHAKA in 2004. Portico operates as a "'dim' archive for e-journal content" that stores information from scholarly journals so it cannot be lost, an example being when the part of it housing the Graft: Organ and Cell Transplantation journal was "lit up" and became publicly accessible after access to that journal's website was removed by its publisher. In 2014, Portico generated $5.7 million in revenue.
Ithaka S+R is a research and consulting service that releases public research reports and offers consulting services to libraries, publishers, scholarly societies, universities, and other non-profit organizations. Ithaka S+R conducts triennial surveys of faculty members and library directors in the United States. In 2014, Ithaka S+R generated $1.2 million in revenue.
The same year that Ithaka Harbors obtained Portico, the Library of Congress gave a $3 million NDIIPP grant to the company for it to "develop, test, and operate one or more electronic archives for electronic journals", along with providing "long-term access to those journals". The endeavor was known as the Portico Project.
The National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services named Ithaka Harbors as one of the four recipients of their 2008 Digital Partnership grant awards. The company was chosen because of its Protecting Future Access Now: Developing a Prototype Preservation Model for Digital Books project, which is meant to be a "prototype preservation service that will provide a practical model for the preservation of digitized books."
Ithaka Harbors received federal contract awards in 2010 and 2011. The former was $75,000 given by the US Department of Labor for their "Archived E-jornal Collections". A year later, the Department of the Army awarded $17,000 for collection additions of "books, maps and other publications".
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- Henry S. Bienen, former president of Northwestern University
- William G. Bowen, President Emeritus of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, former president of Princeton
- Ira Fuchs, former vice president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
- Catharine Bond Hill, President of Vassar College
- Alexandra W. Logue, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost of the City University of New York (CUNY)
- Judith Shapiro, former President of Barnard College
- Stephen M. Stigler, Professor at the Department of Statistics of the University of Chicago.
- Charles M. Vest, former President of the MIT
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