Milestones in Our History

A look at the origins and development of ITHAKA since 1995.


New ITHAKA site launches.


JSTOR announces Books at JSTOR, a program that developed out of a year-long investigation into the needs of the publishing, library, and scholarly communities. It offers a solution that includes overcoming limitations on use and offering flexible purchase models for libraries, while developing a sustainable model for publishers.


JSTOR and University of California Press announce The Current Scholarship Program, making current and archival journals available on a single, integrated platform for librarians and end users.

Portico offers e-books and digitized historical collections (d-collections) services in response to the library community and publisher participation.


Ithaka and JSTOR merge. The combined not-for-profit organization, known as ITHAKA, provides three services (JSTOR, Portico, and Ithaka S+R) that help the academic community effectively use digital and networking technologies.


“Sustainability and Revenue Models for Online Academic Resources” marks Ithaka’s first commissioned study by a funder and “Studies of Key Stakeholders in the Digital Transformation in Higher Education” marks the first report based on the Faculty and Library Survey findings.


Ithaka releases “University Publishing In a Digital Age,” a landmark report arguing that a renewed commitment to publishing can enable universities to realize the global impact of academic programs, enhance the reputations of their institutions, maintain a strong voice in determining important scholarship, and, in some cases, reduce costs.


Portico—born from the Electronic-Archiving Initiative—is launched as a long-term, large-scale, third-party digital preservation solution that balances the needs of publishers and libraries.


Ithaka is founded by Kevin Guthrie, original president of JSTOR.  JSTOR focuses on providing a growing shared online library and access expansion while Ithaka carries forward a range of new activities in support of JSTOR’s founding mission. The Electronic Archiving Initiative is moved from JSTOR to Ithaka.


JSTOR launches The Electronic-Archiving Initiative with a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The purpose of the Initiative is to build a proof-of-concept model for a sustainable digital archive of scholarly literature originally published in electronic form; this initiative lays the foundation for Portico.


JSTOR launches a pioneering shared online library of high quality digitized journal back issues to help academic institutions save costs associated with the preservation and storage of library materials and to improve access to scholarship.


JSTOR founded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with a broad mission to help the academic community take advantage of advances in new technologies.