Paratext celebrates 25 years of research database applications.
Paratext was founded in January 1993 by Eric M. Calaluca, who has developed scholarly information products since 1987. Robert F. Asleson served as Chairman from 2001-2010.
“When the company began, the disruption within scholarly publishing was the fascination with CD-ROM as a storage/delivery medium. These were rapidly replacing print and microfiche as the preferred delivery mechanism for research content,” according to Calaluca.
“Costs, however, were not reduced, as CD publishing required either the in-house development, or expensive licensing, of search and retrieval software. Moreover, unlike book or fiche publishing, the dramatic...