Sophie 2.0


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.

Elizabeth Daley
Publication Date
Friday, December 11, 2009