C-Level View :: February 14, 2007

Worth Noting

PeopleSoft Enterprise Campus Solutions 9.0 Released

Oracle announced the availability last week of PeopleSoft Enterprise Campus Solutions 9.0, a major release involving what the company characterizes as 130 enhancements covering the entire student lifecycle. Highlights include new self-service capabilities, integration between Campus Solutions, and PeopleSoft applications for customer relationship management and human resources, and a more flexible modular framework.

Campus Solutions 9.0 is improved by a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). The system uses Web services to access a directory of student and employee data that can be shared by applications that need them. Users access their personal information by navigating through "Centers"--a Student Center, an Advisor Center, and/or a Faculty Center. New tools within the application suite provide better visibility of data across the entire system, allowing users to more easily connect the data and functionality they need.

Princeton Libraries Join Google Book Scanning Project

The Princeton University (NJ) library system will participate in Google Inc.'s controversial project to scan the most famous literary written works in the world and make them searchable over the Internet. Princeton has agreed to digitize about 1 million public domain books, or those without copyrights, part of its combined collections of 6 million printed works, 5 million manuscripts, and 2 million non-print items.

Princeton becomes the 12th major university to join the project. Two years ago, Google Inc. started the project with the New York Public Library and academic libraries at Harvard, Oxford, Stanford, and the University of Michigan.

A second round of libraries joined in six months ago, including the University of California; the University Complutense of Madrid; the National Library of Catalonia; the University of Wisconsin, Madison;University of Virginia; and the University of Texas at Austin. The Michigan and Texas libraries agreed to scan works that are still under copyright. The rest have said they are focusing on public domain works or are still considering whether to scan copyrighted works.

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