On September 29, 2008, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation of New York City awarded the University of Southern California, in partnership with Astea Solutions AD, a $1,250,000 grant for the design and development of Sophie 2.0.
Sophie 2.0 is an advanced open source electronic tool for authoring, collaborating, reading, and publishing rich media documents in networked environments. It is based on Sophie 1.0, the brainchild of well-known multimedia visionary Bob Stein (Institute for the Future of the Book), and HotAsTea, an electronic publishing platform developed by Astea Solutions. Sophie 2.0 is under development by Astea Solutions and other contributors. Sophie 2.0 is being developed in Java and runs on the Linux, Macintosh, and Windows operating systems.
Sophie is designed to open multimedia authoring to a world of new consumers and institutions that did not previously have access to advanced but simple to use media production tools. Sophie is intended to redefine the “book” as we know it, and to provide mechanisms for reader feedback and interactive conversation.
Copyright 2008-2009 University of Southern California Licensed under the Educational Community License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use any of the files of Sophie 2.0 except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at http://www.osedu.org/licenses/ECL-2.0Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.