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Brighton, East Sussex, United Kingdom, 2009/07/22 - Semantico Limited, a leading provider of services and technology for online publishing, has completed an upgrade of SAMS, its industry-leading access management system.
Created for its client Koninklijke Brill NV, the upgrade will provides Shibboleth access mechanism for scholarly publishing.
This is one of a number of Shibboleth implementations that Semantico has undertaken for leading global publishers in recent months, indicating growing mainstream acceptance of the Shibboleth protocol.
Over the last five years, Semantico has worked closely with Brill to develop a range of sophisticated online publications to match the complexity of the publisher’s academic publishing output. Its Brill Online site supports discovery and display in complex living and dead languages, such as in products like Brill’s New Pauly, Encyclopeadia of Islam, and the Encyclopaedia of the Qur’ān.
Semantico has also developed the Martinus Nijhoff Online site. Martinus Nijhoff Publishers (MNP) is an imprint of Brill whose portfolio focuses on areas in Public International Law, Human Rights, and Humanitarian Law.
Sam Bruinsma, Business Development Director from Brill said: ‘While we continue to expand our online services, increasingly we are meeting requests from library customers and library consortia around the world to provide them with Shibboleth. In the US, the UK, Europe and Australia this protocol to facilitate single sign-on access becomes more and more the new standard. Therefore we are delighted that Semantico has undertaken this project to help us to meet our customer’s demands.’
Richard Padley, Managing Director, Semantico, said: 'It's probably fair to say that we've reached a tipping point now as far as Shibboleth adoption is concerned, as the work we've done for Brill only emphasizes. Brill is a company with a substantial collection of online content, and is active in the US market where Shibboleth is now a must-have item. We're pleased to be able to help Brill take advantage of the opportunities offered by adoption of the protocol, which is now becoming firmly mainstream.'
About Koninklijke Brill NV
Brill is an internationally oriented, academic publisher located in Leiden since 1683 and listed at the Amsterdam stock exchange. The majority of the programs are in Ancient Near East and Egypt; Middle East and Islamic Studies; Asian Studies (incl. Hotei imprint); Classical Studies; Medieval and Early Modern Studies; Biblical and Religious Studies; Slavic Studies; Biology; Science (VSP imprint); Human Rights and Public International Law (Martinus Nijhoff imprint). The mainly English language publications consist to a large extent of (book) series, encyclopaedias and journals. In principle publications are made available in both print and electronic form. Under the imprint of IDC Publishers a large number of collections with primary sources are marketed in the above-named academic fields. Brill’s major markets are Europe, the United States and Japan. The majority of customers are academic institutes and libraries.
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.