ITHAKA Opens its Doors to Ann Arbor

ITHAKA Opens its Doors to Ann Arbor

February 01, 2018 | ITHAKA | NEWS


February 1, 2018 - Ann Arbor, MI - ITHAKA issued an open invitation for people to visit its office for a Tech Open House on February 8 from 4-7 PM. The non-profit organization, whose mission is to make access to education and knowledge better and more affordable for people around the world, employs about 150 people in Ann Arbor and is looking to increase its workforce in 2018.


ITHAKA’s Ann Arbor team is composed of software engineers, product managers, user experience designers, and others responsible for delivering the widely-used educational research and learning platform, JSTOR. JSTOR was started in the early 1990s as a grant-funded project at the University of Michigan.  The goal was to determine whether digitizing library materials could create better access for students and researchers, while offering cost savings to colleges and universities who would no longer need to store and care for printed versions.  Spun off from the University in 1995, JSTOR is now a thriving cloud-based digital resource making millions of journal articles, books, and primary sources accessible 27/7 to users at over 11,000 educational and research institutions in 170 countries. (JSTOR has become so ubiquitous among college and high school students, it even has an entry as a verb in the Urban Dictionary.)


ITHAKA has made significant investments in a new technology structure and the deployment of team-based agile development approaches to fuel the next phase of JSTOR’s development. The JSTOR product teams are deploying code upwards of 250 times each month and have adopted best practices used by leading consumer technology firms.  In the last year, ITHAKA has rolled out some of the most innovative tools being used in research, including a Text Analyzer which lets users upload documents in 15 languages, which JSTOR then analyzes for key topics, maps them to English, and then returns results from its massive digital library.


Work spaces at ITHAKA have also been redesigned to enable fast-paced teamwork and creativity. The Tech Open House will be hosted in the newly renovated 4th floor at 301 East Liberty, where ITHAKA also occupies floors 2 and 3.


“We are excited to bring technologists, educators, and others in the Ann Arbor community into our space and to share our culture,” said Dale Myers, VP of Technology Engineering and Infrastructure Operations. “ITHAKA is a special place among the thriving technology companies in our area. When you walk through our doors, you find talented down-to-earth people working with the latest technologies, a focus on learning and professional growth, and a powerful social mission that matters.”


ITHAKA’s doors will open at 4:00 on February 8th. Staff will be there to talk with members of the community and job seekers.  Door prizes and refreshments will be available.


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