Infrastructure and services for mission-driven publishers

Fulcrum is a community-based, open source publishing platform that helps publishers present the full richness of their authors' research outputs in a durable, discoverable, accessible and flexible form.

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timeline Flexible

By adopting an agile development approach and working in partnership with the Samvera open source community, Fulcrum is responsive to the changing needs of digital scholars.

link Durable

Built on research university library infrastructure specifically designed to curate digital objects, Fulcrum is a trusted steward committed to preservation and stability.

location_searching Discoverable

Interoperable with other publishing tools and integrated into the information supply chain, Fulcrum ensures that content is discovered by readers and impact is tracked.

accessibility Accessible

Dedicated to creating inclusive services and content for all readers, Fulcrum aims to implement accessible systems and features and effect change among peers and partners by sharing and maintaining a high standard of accessibility.

In its first phase the Fulcrum team focused on providing branded companion websites for books. Now, in its second phase, we are working to host complete ebook collections, journals, and new forms of multimodal publications.

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Case Studies

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A Mid-Republican House from Gabii

Rachel Opitz, Marcello Mogetta, and Nicola Terrenato, Editors University of Michigan Press, 2016

Since 2009 the Gabii Project, an international archaeological initiative led by Nicola Terrenato and the University of Michigan, has been investigating the ancient Latin town of Gabii, which was both a neighbor of, and a rival to, Rome in the first millennium BCE. The trajectory of Gabii, from an Iron Age settlement to a flourishing mid-Republican town to an Imperial agglomeration widely thought to be in decline, provides a new perspective on the dynamics of settlement in central Italy. A Mid-Republican House from Gabii focuses on the construction, inhabitation, and repurposing of a private home at Gabii, built in the mid-Republican period. Published in digital form as a website backed up by a detailed database, the publication provides a synthesis of excavation results linked to the relevant spatial, descriptive, and quantitative data. Fulcrum brings together the database, narrative, and interactive 3D model of the reconstructed ancient site to give the user a seamless reading experience, presenting the narrative and 3D model side by side and including comprehensive linking throughout all components enabling the reader to move through the project in a number of ways.

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Show Sold Separately: Promos, Spoilers, and Other Media Paratexts

Jonathan Gray NYU Press, 2017

Show Sold Separately gives critical attention to the ubiquitous but often overlooked phenomenon of audiences approaching movies and TV shows with preconceived notions about them, shaped by the onslaught of information and hype that surround them. This book examines a wide range of materials from DVD bonus materials to action figures that reveal the world of film and television that exists before and after the show. New York University Press used Fulcrum to host the book’s impressive array of video clips and images that are embedded in the EPUB, which is available for reading in the New York University Press Open Access Books portal. The videos are presented using AblePlayer, a fully-accessible cross-browser media player. Users are able to pan and zoom the images from within the e-reader, using the Leaflet viewer. Users are able to enjoy these media assets from the comfort of the e-reader environment, providing them an integrated, seamless reading experience.

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The Director's Prism: E.T.A. Hoffman and the Russian Theatrical Avant-Garde

Dassia N. Posner Northwestern University Press, 2016

The Director's Prism investigates how and why three of Russia's most innovative directors— Vsevolod Meyerhold, Alexander Tairov, and Sergei Eisenstein—used the fantastical tales of German Romantic writer E. T. A. Hoffmann to reinvent the rules of theatrical practice. Fulcrum allowed Northwestern University Press to publish video clips of theatrical productions, an audio file, and additional full color images that can be viewed in more detail with Fulcrum's image viewer.

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