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Brighton, East Sussex, United Kingdom, 2009/07/15 - Semantico Limited, a leading provider of services and technology for online publishing, has completed deployment of the Shibboleth access management protocol across all its sites for global academic publisher Palgrave Macmillan.
This is the latest in the series of Shibboleth deployments which Semantico is currently carrying out which includes OUP, Brill and Wiley-Blackwell. Taken together, these deployments signal a widespread acceptance of the Shibboleth technology by global publishers and their willingness to embrace federated access.
he Palgrave Macmillan upgrade means that end users can now use federated, single sign-on access and will have improved data security and convenience. For both institutional users and end-users, Shibboleth removes barriers and increases ease of access. At the same time it is enabling publishers to meet the strengthening of demand for Shibboleth in the US market.
Palgrave Macmillan is a long-standing client of Semantico. Products of the partnership to date include The Statesman’s Yearbook Online and The Dictionary of Economics Online, both of which Semantico designed and built on behalf of the publisher and which it continues to support and maintain. Access management on these sites is handled by SAMS, Semantico’s robust, next-generation access system, which already has a wide installed base among online publishers.
Alison Jones, Director of Digital Development at Palgrave Macmillan, said: ‘We’re delighted to be able to offer institutions access via Shibboleth across all our online reference product as part of our commitment to meet the needs of our customers globally.’
Richard Padley, Managing Director, Semantico, said: ‘Coming hard on the heels of number of Shibboleth implementations we have carried out, this latest deployment by Palgrave Macmillan must surely put to rest any doubts publishers might have had about its importance in the marketplace and shows how Shibboleth is increasingly becoming a must-have, check-box item. Not having it will become a barrier to sales in the US. As a company, Semantico has made clear its support for Shibboleth, and has actively worked to make it easy for the publishing community to adopt this technology, helping to accelerate the speed of the adoption.’
About Palgrave Macmillan
Palgrave Macmillan is a global academic publisher, serving learning and scholarship in higher education and the professional world. We publish textbooks, journals, monographs, professional and reference works in print and online. Our programme focuses on the Humanities, the Social Sciences and Business.
As part of the Macmillan Group, we represent an unbroken tradition of 150 years of independent academic publishing, continually reinventing itself for the future.
Our goal is to be publisher of choice for all our stakeholders- for authors, customers, business partners, the academic communities we serve and the staff who work for us. We aim to do this by reaching the maximum readership with works of the highest quality.
Semantico (semantico.com) was formed in 1999 to develop online publishing solutions for the publishing industry. Its mission is to be the partner of choice in helping clients realise the full potential of internet technologies for delivering digital information services. Semantico works to make clients' information ever more discoverable, more useful and more valuable.
Semantico's content delivery tool-sets, subscription management products, and hosting and support services enable rapid and robust, customised solutions for a wide range of clients.
Semantico's management team has a considerable breadth of experience in publishing, e-commerce B2B and B2C online sectors. Its strong engineering background allied with a focus on user-centred design processes ensure that it maintains high standards in its existing and new products, while providing the innovation necessary to compete effectively in emerging online markets.