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Join our Client Management Team!

Monday, June 08, 2009

We are on the lookout for a new full-time Client Manager in our Oxford office to act as primary contact for a number of our publisher clients. It's a busy role with plenty to keep you interested and the opportunity to work with a wide variety of publishers and a friendly team of colleagues.

If you have excellent customer service skills and a head for business then drop us a line. Details (along with other current UK vacancies) can be found here:


posted by Rose Robinson at 11:26 a.m.


Latest news: Publishing Technology helps customers maximize investment in online content with Copyright Clearance Center's Rightsconnect

Friday, May 29, 2009

Copyright Clearance Center and Publishing Technology will integrate Rightsconnect licensing functionality with IngentaConnect. Publishers can offer their users instant permission to license and reuse their content right where they view it, all in a matter of minutes. Users simply click the "Get Permissions" button and they can instantly search, price and pay for permission to use and share content. CCC handles royalty collection and automatically distributes cheques back to the publisher.

For more information:

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posted by Rose Robinson at 3:04 p.m.


At the 2009 STM Spring Conference

Monday, April 27, 2009

The 2009 STM spring conference is being held at Cambridge, Massachusetts from 28th to 30th April. I am attending the conference and will present a talk on the 30th about "How Publishers could use Semantic Web Technologies for enriched content and enhanced delivery". As part of the presentation, I intend to show examples of applications that have been built using Publishing Technology's Metastore. The conference programme looks very interesting and I am looking forward to it!

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posted by Priya Parvatikar at 8:30 p.m.


Publishing Technology at UKSG

Friday, March 27, 2009

Publishing Technology will be exhibiting at the UKSG Conference in Torquay next week. Drop by our stand (54) to find out more about IngentaConnect mobile, how IngentaConnect can help institutions make their budgets go further and to meet the newest member of our team Natasha Oostergetel.

The Institution of Civil Engineers will also be at UKSG (stand 37) and will be demoing a beta version of their new ICE Virtual Library (built on pub2web technology).

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posted by Rose Robinson at 5:32 p.m.


Publishing Technology at Online Information 2008

Monday, December 01, 2008

Further to John's post about IngentaConnect mobile, if you want to find out more or see a demo of this trial service drop by the Publishing Technology stand (620) at Online Information 2008, 2-4 December. It is also an opportunity to find out more about our other services, including pub2web and Connect Compilations, which have been recently featured in this blog.

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posted by Rose Robinson at 8:58 p.m.


Ingentaconnect goes mobile.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Even in these leaner times the focus of technology is often bigger, better, faster more, but sometimes small is beautiful, and in the case of mobile internet, jolly convenient too. That’s why I’m pleased to say that ingentaconnect is making preparations to go mobile.

We’ve been putting together a proof of concept to see how connect would look on a mobile device, and explore the benefits it could bring. What we learn here on connect will be rolled into our high end publishing platform - pub2web.

It’s been a fascinating experience with a steep learning curve. I suddenly realise that conventional browser compatibility woes are nothing compared to the differences in the way mobile platforms render their content. The variations are as fascinating as they are frustrating: countless screen sizes and resolutions, CSS may not be understood, or just partially understood, javascript? maybe, if the wind is in the right direction. Of course mobile doesn’t just mean phones, it includes PDAs too, including those running windows CE, replete with the ‘niggles’ of IE5 and 6.

As it happened we didn’t need to wade too deeply into the intricacies of handset compatibility, we drew upon the expertise of Momac, specialists in mobile publishing. Their platform, GoMedia, is capable of tailoring content to just about any mobile device you care to connect with. Take a look at the screen shot, or rather device shot, to see connect mobile in action.

Oh, and while I’m here, I’d like to take this opportunity to ask for some audience participation: if you use connect, or similar sites, and can think of a mobile feature that you’d like to see, I’d love to hear! Just pop your idea in the comments field or mail us.

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posted by John Clapham at 9:27 p.m.


Connect Compilations - a little glimpse of the future

Monday, October 06, 2008

Connect compilations will be introduced into ingentaconnect during the next couple of weeks, its features represent a delicious sample of the technical offering Publishing Technology is cooking up.

Connect Compilations enable publishers to assemble 'virtual' publications from their existing content on connect. Compilations are given titles, descriptions, links and logos such that they look similar to conventional publications. They may be organised in familiar serial and monograph formats. At ingentaconnect Compilations may be purchased and subscribed to in the same way as other publications. Crucially the publisher has control over the Compilation, it is available to amend and augment whenever they please.

From an end user perspective Connect Compilations will be quietly integrated into the search and browse facilities on connect. For publishers the changes are more marked, a whole set of administration tools have been introduced.

To provide powerful administration tools we've increased our adoption of client side plugins (based on Jquery) and paradigms like AJAX. Both have been on the list of 'must have' technical buzz words for a some time, but we've taken care only to employ them where there is tangible benefit. Most significant is the introduction of semantic technologies; an RDF triple store for data, SPARQL to query it, Jena and our own framework to represent data to the application.

One may well ask what immediate benefit does semantic technology bring, beyond exciting programmers and web luminaries? The first benefit we'll see on ingentaconnect is tighter integration, both inside the site and with the wider web. RDF enables us to make assertions about resources (like articles, authors and references) without imposing constraints on the assertions made, or how they will be used. Crucially we can use the assertions to draw conclusions, or inferences, to fill in gaps, and really 'understand' the data. All of this is achieved with little redundancy or repetition. The factors combine to produce a store on which services to cater for varying requirements and perspectives can readily be built.

The benefits I've mentioned thus far could of course be realised with a relational database, but we're laying our new foundations at present, and more will grow out them.

In down to earth speak, all this means ingentaconnect, and close relation pub2web, will increasingly provide accurate linking, interesting ways to splice together content and, as Connect Compilations demonstrates, put control into the hands of online Publishers.

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posted by John Clapham at 8:55 a.m.


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