New Website Launch and Metadata Milestone for Consilience, The Journal of Sustainable Development
NEW YORK, June 28, 2012 –

Consilience, Columbia University’s Journal of Sustainable Development since 2008, has launched its new website. By providing a public platform for an interdisciplinary dialogue on sustainable development and publishing scholarly articles, opinion pieces, field notes, editorial columns and photo essays, Consilience hopes to encourage a “global community to think more broadly, thoroughly, and analytically about sustainable development.” The journal is open access, peer reviewed, and indexed, and is run entirely by undergraduate and graduate students under the guidance of Columbia faculty.

Consilience’s new site, developed by Columbia’s Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) and licensed under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND will enable users to be fully interactive with the site’s new features, which include a new home page and a photo essay layout of journal content:

“As an online journal, Consilience‘s website is essential to maintaining the journal’s content and expanding our readership. Our updated website offers a more interactive home page, a more vibrant and engaging photo essay layout, an expanded Briefings column, and an overall more streamlined user experience. We are excited about these improvements and enjoyed working with CDRS on such a successful project.” said Kelsey Umemoto, Consilience’s Managing Editor.

It has been a pleasure for CDRS, who also powered Consilience’s former website, to continue to work with the Consilience team to develop their new site.

“Redeveloping Consilience’s site to provide students, researchers, professors, and practitioners from a variety of disciplines with a highly interactive, academically rigorous public space where they can engage directly with the global sustainable development community is enormously exciting,” said CDRS Director Rebecca Kennison.

This year also sees Consilience marking the twenty millionth metadata milestone for OCLC, which since 1967 has been a nonprofit membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing library costs.

Geri Ingram, Manager of User Services for OCLC Digital Collection Services, said of the milestone: “OCLC congratulates Columbia University’s Center for Digital Research and Scholarship as well as the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) for their exemplary contribution to open access scholarship.  A record titled, Consilience; the Journal of Sustainable Development, marks the twenty millionth milestone to be harvested to the WorldCat® database via the WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway.

A contributor to OCLC’s OAIster collection of open archives initiatives, the DOAJ is now harvested into WorldCat through the Digital Collection Gateway, the self-service tool that enables repository managers to expose their metadata through WorldCat and all of its syndicates.  This bibliographic record links directly to the journal, and can be viewed at:

Claire Cocco, Director of OCLC Digital Collection Services, added: “Today, there are more than 20 million metadata records describing open access, digital materials in WorldCat – that is a significant increase from a few million just a year ago. OCLC’s goal is to provide the infrastructure, services and support to help maximize the visibility of digital content worldwide. As institutions share metadata in WorldCat using the WorldCat Digital Collection Gateway, they are creating a premier resource for researchers to discover and use their unique primary source digital materials.”

About DOAJ

The Directory of Open Access Journals provides access to thousands of articles that are free, in full text, from scientific and scholarly journals covering all subjects and many languages. DOAJ won the 2009 ARL SPARC Europe award for Outstanding Achievements in Scholarly Communications.

About OCLC

Founded in 1967, OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing library costs. More than 72,000 libraries in 170 countries have used OCLC services to locate, acquire, catalog, lend, preserve and manage library materials. Researchers, students, faculty, scholars, professional librarians and other information seekers use OCLC services to obtain bibliographic, abstract and full-text information when and where they need it. OCLC and its member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat, the world’s largest online database for discovery of library resources. Search WorldCat on the Web at For more information, visit

The Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) partners with researchers and scholars to share new knowledge. Using innovative new media and digital technologies, CDRS empowers Columbia’s research community with the online tools and services necessary to make the most of scholarly communication, collaboration, data-sharing, and preservation. More information about our services and projects is available at CDRS is part of the Digital Programs and Technology Services division of Columbia University Libraries/Information Services.

LW 06/28/12