UH Press awarded grant for new digital-publishing platform

University of Hawaiʻi
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UH Press spring 2021 catalog cover

University of Hawaiʻi Press has received a grant to support the installation and use of an advanced online ebook-hosting platform for both desktop and mobile devices.

Manifold was designed specifically for and by the scholarly publishing community. It supports web searchability, reader citations and annotations, and the publication of multimedia.

“We are very excited about all of the opportunities this grant will make possible,” said Joel Cosseboom, UH Press interim director and publisher. “Manifold will enable us to vastly expand the availability of our important regional scholarship in the digital realm and to take the press’s publishing program in compelling new directions.”

Throughout 2021, UH Press will receive its own unique Manifold library for hosting projects, virtual training, strategies for integrating the platform into existing workflows, technical support and a year of free hosting. The grant is administered by the University of Minnesota Press, which began developing Manifold in 2015 with financial support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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“Between our work in open access, backlist revitalization, online courseware and now Manifold, UH Press has kept current with the latest trends in scholarly communications,” said Noah Perales-Estoesta, UH Press development and digital projects specialist. “We’re constantly looking to build upon our efforts, and Manifold is the ideal next step for us.”

UH Press, which celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2022, currently offers thousands of books and journal issues in different digital formats. It is a member of the Hawaiʻi Book Publishers Association and the Association of University Presses.

This work is an example of UH Mānoa’s goal of Excellence in Research: Advancing the Research and Creative Work Enterprise (PDF), one of four goals identified in the 2015–25 Strategic Plan (PDF), updated in December 2020.

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