MINNETONKA, Minn., Dec. 8, 2014—East View Information Services is celebrating a 25-year milestone as a premier provider of uncommon information from extraordinary places on topics from Russian military strategy to Chinese cultural relics, and everything in between.
In 1989, a Soviet military specialist in Moscow and an American graduate student in New York City decided to start a business by distributing recently de-classified Soviet military journals. East View Publications, Inc. was born. It was the beginning of the end of the Cold War, and an opportunity to provide a higher level of customer service to a growing customer base was where they could excel.
East View Publications saw remarkable growth and became East View Information Services, along with the imprint, East View Press. The company’s original map department expanded into East View Geospatial and East View Map Link. Minneapolis became the headquarters location in 1990 but is now complimented by offices in Moscow, Kiev, Nairobi, Beijing, and Hong Kong to reflect the company’s global procurement experience and capabilities. East View is a multi-lingual Minnesota-based organization with language competencies on staff of English, Chinese, Russian, Japanese, Ukrainian, Polish, German, Arabic, Spanish, French, Korean, Portuguese, Swahili, and Yoruba.
Today East View aggregates, produces and hosts Russian, Chinese, Arabic and geospatial content from around the world. “We have grown to become the preferred, single-source supplier to major academic customers across many disciplines as well as to government sectors in many countries for hard to find information that often needs some value-added features. Whether by mounting on our database platforms, creating original metadata to aid discovery, translating or simply to finding the highly valuable needle-in-the-haystack, all East View companies are devoted to sourcing and adding value to uncommon information from extraordinary places,” says Kent D. Lee, President, CEO and Co-Founder.
Dima Frangulov, Vice President and Co-Founder, likens East View’s growth to the opening up of nations and regions around the world. “Authoritative information produced and consumed by government agencies, academic scholars and industry professionals is what East View is all about. East View provides open source information that would otherwise be very difficult for scholars, bureaucrats and professionals to acquire. It has been amazing to see our worldwide staff take our original mission with Russian information and expand it into several other regions and types of information.”
Video footage from “The East Side Story,” an in-house produced documentary on the company’s 25-year history is available upon request.
About East View
East View was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. East View is comprised of East View Information Services (), East View Geospatial () and East View Map Link (). East View maintains thousands of supplier/publisher relationships throughout the world for maps and geospatial data and Russian, Arabic and Chinese-produced social and hard science content. East View manages a data center, library and warehouse in Minneapolis where it hosts and stores dozens of foreign language databases, hundreds of thousands of maps and atlases and millions of geospatial, Russian, Chinese and Arabic metadata records.