ITHAKA JSTORContent Delivery Platform
Project BriefIthaka is our longest running client. Our continuous relationship has spanned over 7 years and we’re thrilled to say that there is no end in sight.
Ithaka is a not-for-profit organization that works with the global higher education community to advance and preserve knowledge and to improve teaching and learning through the use of digital technologies. Ithaka’s JSTOR service, a cloud-based library, was launched in 1997 is where scholars, students, and the public can access thousands of journals, books, images, and other content as well as tools that promote research, teaching, sharing, and contribution. JSTOR includes content from over 1,000 publishers and serves 6 million unique monthly visitors, 11,000 universities, schools, and institutions in 176 countries.
What They NeededIn the face of increasing competition from commercial companies, productOps was engaged to build an entirely new delivery platform for JSTOR. The solution needed to be accessible, transparent, easy to operate, and scalable as student access fluctuated and products changes or were added daily. It was critical that the platform be secure and handle large amounts of traffic and AWS fit the bill perfectly.
The SolutionAfter a comprehensive discovery and strategy phase, a team that flexed between 8 – 15 people embarked on a 3 year phased-implementation project. There was no big bang switchover and no interruption of service. The only thing users noticed was improved response times.
Built on AWS the JSTOR platform deliveres 12 milliom publications to over 10,000 universities worlwide.
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