What began as a university project in 1998 has become the largest French-language research platform in North America. Here are a few key dates in Érudit’s history :
1996-1997 : Creation by the Presses de l’Université de Montréal of the “Direction des publications électroniques”, Érudit’s predecessor, which focused on the transition of scholarly journals to digital format. 5 scholarly journals are produced in SGMLA by a digital publishing pilote project launched with the support of a government agency of Quebec.
1998 : Launch of the first version of the Érudit platform.
1999 : First archives digitization with Meta and Sociologie et sociétés journals.
2000 : Creation of the Groupe interuniversitaire pour l’édition numérique (GIEN).
2002 : Launch of the second version of the Érudit platform, consisting of four areas of SSH research documents (journals, books and proceedings, theses and dissertations, and documents and data from research centres). Érudit publishes more the 6,000 documents, all in open access.
2004 : Creation of the Érudit consortium as a partnership between the Université de Montréal, Université Laval and the Université du Québec à Montréal.
2006 : Beginning of marketing activities for scholarly journals through the introduction of a movable wall (subscription access to journal issues published over the last two years, and the rest of the collection in open access). Érudit publishes approximately 15,000 articles.
2008 : Launch of the third version of the platform with value-added services, including advanced search features, a trilingual platform, and export of records.
2010 : Launch of a retrospective digitization project for member cultural journals of the Société de développement des périodiques culturels québécois (SODEP); 250,000 pages are digitized, and over 60,000 articles are put online through a Canadian Heritage grant to SODEP.
2013 : Érudit consolidates the Thesis area by signing an agreement with four Canadian universities: UQAM, UQAT, UQTR, and UQAC. As a result, more than 55,000 theses and dissertations are referenced on the platform in 2013.
For more information : “Érudit : le numérique au service de l’édition en sciences humaines et sociales”, Mémoires du livre, Volume 1, numéro 1, 2009. http://www.erudit.org/revue/memoires/2009/v1/n1/038637ar.html