Together with the HathiTrust team, MPublishing is developing a new modular, open source platform for open access journal publishing. jPach (pronounced “jay-pack”) will replace our current digital publishing system, and will hopefully serve as a model for comparable tools for other HathiTrust partner institutions.
jPach is funded by the University of Michigan Library, with development by MPublishing and the Digital Library Production Service. For a timeline of the two-year project to develop jPach and updates on the development, see the project page on the HathiTrust website. For information about jPach modules and specific design principles and requirements, see the jPach website.
NB: This project is now known as mPach. In renaming jPach to mPach we were concerned about the resonance of the old name with “JSTOR” and wanted to make absolutely clear that we are developing a robust and open publishing platform for use by publishers, not a system for archiving previously published material. Furthermore, by dropping the “j”, we are laying the foundation to extend the system’s functionality beyond journal literature at some point in the future.