Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) to Launch Digital Library on HighWire Platform

HighWire Press of Stanford, Calif., has announced a partnership with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) to launch a digital library that will bring together several of the Society’s products, including the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal, its conference proceedings, and its full suite of Standards, Recommended Practices, and Engineering Guidelines, on the HighWire publishing platform. The project also includes taxonomy development and application for semantic enrichment of the texts.
The project is scheduled to be available by October 12th. No pricing information is yet available, but both organizations are not-for-profit organizations.
SMPTE is the leading technical society for the motion imaging industry. It develops standards, recommended practices and guidelines, and spearheads educational activities to advance engineering and moving imagery. Since its founding in 1916, the Society has established close to 600 standards, including the physical dimensions of 35mm film and the SMPTE-time code. More recently, it crafted the Digital Cinema Standards, which paved the way for digital movie theaters. It received a technical Emmy® Award in January of 2009 for its work in the development of the MXF and GXF file formats.
HighWire Press provides digital content development and hosting solutions to the scholarly publishing community. A division of the Stanford University Libraries since 1995, it has partnered with influential societies, university presses, and other publishers to produce online versions of high-impact, peer-reviewed journals, books, reference works, and other scholarly content.
In a joint press release dated May 16, Barbara Lange, SMPTE’s Executive Director, stated that “HighWire seems the natural home for our technical and authoritative new digital library. Its focus on open collaboration and collegial ties to the ePublishing industry, as well as its shared not-for-profit mission, won us over without hesitation.” Kristen Fisher Ratan, HighWire’s Associate Director of Strategic Development, added that “because HighWire offers an open platform that allows co-development, SMPTE will have flexibility both now and in the future to direct the evolution of its site, products, and offerings.”