Érudit, a publishing platform, has received $1.4 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation in order to strengthen the services it provides to Canadian universities, accelerate its technological development, and support the development of digital research in social sciences and the arts.
“Érudit was launched at Université de Montréal, where research in social sciences and the arts are a driving force,” said Guy Breton, the university's rector. “Building from the base of a few scientific journals published on our campus, the project has now developed a national and even international reach. It is meeting an increasing demand for knowledge transfer by offering accessible services that adapted to researchers' realities. The investment that the Canada Foundation for Innovation has announced today is recognition of the quality of the service and support for its further development.”
The funding has been provided within the framework of the Canada Foundation for Innovation's (CFI) Major Science Initiatives Fund, which supports and strengthens cutting-edge national research infrastructure. Érudit is amongst the nine pieces of infrastructure considered to be the highest performing in the country, and it is the only one that has been selected in the fields of social sciences and the arts.
Érudit gives Canada's research global visibility, and the CFI funding is recognition of the unique and indispensable role the organisation plays for researchers. In fact, in 2014, more than 21 million Érudit documents have been consulted and downloaded, and more than 70% of these consultations came from outside Canada.
Its success is helped by Érudit's open access policy for peer-reviewed document. 95% of the documents published on the platform are available freely and at no cost to everyone.
“These unique national research facilities have a proven record of being catalysts for extraordinary ideas. When talented scientists converge in these state-of-the-art spaces, they are inspired to push the boundaries and think big,” said Gilles Patry, President and CEO of CFI.
Thanks to on-going investment by its founding universities, and in particular the essential support of Université de Montréal, Érudit has become a key tool for communication and knowledge transfer.
“Érudit's strength is its ability to federate the many stakeholders in Canadian scientific publishing in order to create a large corpus of document whilst establishing partnerships both within Canada and abroad in order to ensure the best possible visibility for the published content,” explained Dominique Bérubé, Associate Vice-Rector of Research, Creation and Innovation at Université de Montréal.
The CFI's funding will help Érudit expand its network of partners and develop its technical infrastructure, and it will enable the consolidation of its support of the research projects that rely on its body of documents.
This document is a courtesy translation of an official release issued in French.
About Érudit :
Érudit is the largest publisher of French or bilingual Canadian research. It is a non-profit interuniversity consortium comprising Université de Montréal, Université Laval and Université du Québec à Montréal.
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