Preservica announced Preservica Starter, a new set of free (forever) and low-cost (from $199 per month) digital preservation solutions, making it easy and affordable for institutions of all sizes to preserve, curate and share digital content online in minutes. Starter edition combines Preservica’s active digital preservation technology with a new intuitive user interface to make it easy for archivists and records managers to quickly build a digital archive to showcase to colleagues, stakeholders and the public, safe in the knowledge that all the vital steps to keep content safe and usable over decades are automatically taken care of. The free solution is hosted in the cloud with 5GB of secure AWS storage, with no software downloads required. All stored data is resilient and includes duplicate copies to ensure integrity and accessibility. Preservica Starter solutions are the result of collaboration between the archives and records management community and Preservica, with dozens of participants from academic, public sector and culture and heritage institutions contributing to its design and testing using real digital collections.
Triton Digital announced they have expanded the multilingual capabilities of the Omny Studio podcast management platform to six languages. In addition to English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese, the platform is now available in German and Italian. In addition to a multilingual CMS, the Omny Studio platform also supports the translation of embed players that match users’ browser language, which includes both German and Italian.
Quantum Corp. announced it has acquired Square Box Systems Ltd, a specialist in data cataloging, user collaboration, and digital asset management software. The acquisition builds on Quantum’s portfolio that classifies, manages, and protects data across its lifecycle by adding technology to enrich video, digital images and other forms of unstructured data. This acquisition will help companies unlock the business value contained in their data, both on-premises and in the cloud. Square Box Systems’ main product is CatDV, a media management and workflow automation software platform that helps organizations with large volumes of media and metadata to organize, communicate and collaborate more effectively. CatDV leverages artificial intelligence and machine learning technology to make it easier for businesses of any size to catalog and analyze digital assets such as video, images, audio files, PDFs, and more; enable advanced search across local and cloud repositories; and provide access control across the full data lifecycle for secure sharing and data governance.
Arc Publishing and Sophi.io announced the integration of Sophi, The Globe and Mail’s suite of automation and predictive analytics solutions. These native integrations will be available to the more than 1,400 websites using the Arc Publishing platform and build on Arc’s current integrations and capabilities. The Sophi Analytics native Arc integration is built into Arc Themes by default, eliminating the need for custom tagging. This builds on Sophi’s Arc Home integration, bringing web analytics data into the Arc workflow and helping publishers understand the value of their content as they work. In addition to analytics, the partnership brings a native integration between Arc’s low-code/no-code site editor, PageBuilder, and Sophi Automation. This automated content curation solution uses predictive capabilities, natural language processing (NLP) and optimization routines to help publishers automatically identify, and promote, their content across their Arc-powered properties.
Content management platform provider, Gutenberg Technology (GT), unveiled new platform features to help content authors rapidly create and deploy new products, including advanced functionality that empowers publishers, corporations, and higher education institutions to create audience-specific digital and print content products from within a single workflow. The GT Platform helps content authors across publishing, education, and corporate training create, reuse, and distribute knowledge through:
- Simultaneous digital/print workflow for different audiences: Sophisticated content reuse tools, including the new contextual audience tagging feature, empower education customers to create specific product versions for teachers, students, and other audiences, simultaneously.
- Derived products: GT’s platform enables organizations to create derived products using legacy content. By leveraging metadata coupled with contextual audience tags, companies can get new products to specific learners on any device quickly.
- Create once, publish to any LMS: GT supports the Learner Tool Interoperability (LTI) standard so online program managers (OPM) and certification companies like CompTIA can create content once and publish it to multiple learning management systems (LMS) at different universities. The LTI capabilities give content creators more control over the content being published to LMS systems and enables them to rapidly make changes and updates to courseware in real-time.
Vpress released a new version of its Dynamic Editor aimed at making web-to-print applications easier for non-expert customer users, improving printers’ profitability in the process. Its new Dynamic Editor 4.0 is fully integrated with the developer’s Coreprint Digital Asset Management system. The new version has been in development for approximately eight months and includes 12 key features including an improved dynamic user interface, guidance on user tools, live resizable page thumbnails, better management of large text content, and speedier loading of complex multi-page templates. There is no need to refresh the page after each field is edited and completed, “saving a significant amount of time and effort”. Some UK customers have already started using it.
The Open Group, the vendor-neutral technology consortium, and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations agency for information and communication technologies (ICTs), announced a collaboration to accelerate public service innovation and transformation for better citizen outcomes and optimal utilization of ICT infrastructure. By working together, The Open Group and ITU will aim to promote, guide, and build capabilities for digital government strategies and citizen-centric Enterprise Architecture (EA) across the globe. With the necessary guidance and materials, resource-constrained countries will be better placed to convert digital strategies into implementable large-scale systems. As such, the strategic alliance between ITU and The Open Group will fill the gap between digital investments and best practice architectural approaches for the achievement of the SDGs.
The work undertaken as part of the collaboration will be executed by The Open Group Government EA Work Group. The Work Group will develop processes that enable seamless information flow across various government ecosystems, making existing EA resources – including guides, frameworks, use cases, and methodologies – easier to use and available to all. Through providing access to these resources, both The Open Group and ITU will help governments to build the capabilities needed to implement architectural approaches at scale, based on their country-specific needs.
Arc Publishing introduced five new enhancements to its turnkey digital subscriptions platform to help customers’ begin monetizing their content across platforms. Arc Subscriptions handles the entire purchase flow from registration and offer creation to checkout and billing. This release provides what customers need to design and deliver complex user journeys and checkout experiences in onboarding timeframes. This includes:
- The release of a new subscription module in Themes, Arc’s site development quick-launch toolkit. Using Themes, customers can shorten the time it takes to launch a new digital subscription offering.
- New mobile software development kits (SDKs) for native iOS and Android apps, making it possible for customers to launch a new digital entitlement on native mobile platforms alongside web.
- The integration of a customer data platform (CDP), BlueConic, to provide real-time insights and dynamic, multi-dimensional segmentation using first-party data.
- Expanded payment capabilities for payment flexibility. Arc Subscriptions has integrated with flexible payment orchestration platform Spreedly for payment acceptance from a wide-range of global payment providers and optimize transaction success.
- Expansion of Arc’s experience testing capabilities, enabling users to quickly test, launch and iterate individualized subscriber acquisition experiences and content on both the web and in native apps.