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SPIE chooses Silverchair platform for the SPIE Digital Library

07 September 2011

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA -- SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, announced today that it has selected Silverchair Information Systems to host the SPIE Digital Library on its SCM6 platform as of June 2012.

The SPIE Digital Library is the most extensive research resource on optics and photonics, with more than 320,000 technical papers from SPIE Journals and Conference Proceedings from 1990 to the present and more than 150 SPIE Press books. SPIE publishes approximately 17,000 new technical papers and 15 to 20 new books in the SPIE Digital Library each year.  

"We chose Silverchair as a strategic partner largely because its strong semantic capabilities will enable the SPIE Digital Library to be a truly integrated information portal," said Eric Pepper, SPIE Director of Publications.

"In addition to supporting essential publishing and usage functionality, SCM6 will enable us to draw connections between topically related information across the SPIE corpus, link to valuable content from other sources of interest to the researchers who use our database, and facilitate user personalization," Pepper said. "These are exciting future directions for our Digital Library and our many subscribers and users."

On Silverchair's SCM6 platform, the SPIE Digital Library will have new features that will assist researchers.

SCM6 is the latest release of Silverchair's natively semantic product development and hosting platform. SCM6 supports scientific, technical, and medical (STM) and scholarly publishers, societies, and other organizations to deliver the full array of content formats, functionality, and personalized user experience required by today's rapidly changing information marketplace.

"We are thrilled to be working with SPIE, the leader in applied optical technology, and an organization that is advancing knowledge at the intersection of optical science and engineering," said Thane Kerner, Silverchair CEO.

"The Silverchair hosting of the SPIE Digital Library corresponds with a significant extension of our semantic infrastructure. We have heretofore focused on the life sciences. We are now expanding our semantic systems to support both the physical sciences and engineering," Kerner said. "SPIE's forward-thinking, integrated approach to publishing provides the perfect partner for the next step in our semantic roadmap."

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, was founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. Serving more than 180,000 constituents from 168 countries, the Society advances emerging technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange, continuing education, publications, patent precedent and career and professional growth. SPIE annually organizes and sponsors approximately 25 major technical forums, exhibitions and education programs in North America, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific. SPIE provided over $2.3 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2010

Founded in 1993, Silverchair delivers advanced semantic technologies, publishing platforms, and e-learning solutions to scientific, technical, and medical publishers, professional societies, and the federal government. Silverchair is headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia. Additional information is at www.silverchair.com.


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