SAN CARLOS, Calif. — July 29, 2009 — MarkLogic Corporation, a leading provider of infrastructure software for information applications, today announced that Nature Publishing Group (NPG), a division of Macmillan Publishers Ltd dedicated to serving the academic, professional scientific, and medical communities, is using MarkLogic Server as its primary XML-based information platform. Nature.com serves as a gateway to all of the content published by NPG. Powered by MarkLogic Server, the enhanced search functionality of nature.com now delivers faster and more precise results. Users can more effectively search up-to-date articles from all journals on nature.com, in addition to content from Nature News.
MarkLogic Server is also the repository for Palgrave Connect, Palgrave Macmillan’s eBook platform. Launched in February 2009 and powered by nature.com, Palgrave Connect offers libraries within academic institutions a flexible approach to building an eBook collection of Palgrave Macmillan books. Site licenses provide institutions with access to more than 4,000 eBooks, split into collections by subject area. These eBooks are indexed using a MarkLogic pipeline to extract the full text as well as metadata, including title, authors, year of publication, and various keywords. Since more metadata is automatically extracted from articles and added instantly to the MarkLogic Server, nature.com searches are faster and more precise. Improved indexing, including author, title, journal name, DOI and some keywords, enables more precise bibliographic queries.
“NPG is making MarkLogic Server a central part of its online infrastructure,” said Howard Ratner, chief technology officer, executive vice-president, Nature Publishing Group. “The enhanced nature.com search engine and the new eBooks platform for Palgrave Macmillan, Palgrave Connect, are the first examples of the services NPG plans to provide for its customers building on MarkLogic Server. MarkLogic was the obvious choice when selecting an XML repository. None of the alternatives had the speed, scalability, and domain expertise we required. I am really pleased at how quickly it has become the centerpiece of our content infrastructure.”
“People consume information at such a rapid clip, that organizations really need to step up their delivery speed and format,” said Tracy Eiler, vice president of marketing, MarkLogic. “NPG has done just that with their innovative nature.com site. MarkLogic Server has opened up these online opportunities to our customers, and it’s great to see NPG on the forefront of publishing.”
Nature Publishing Group (NPG) is a publisher of high impact scientific and medical information in print and online. NPG publishes journals, online databases and services across the life, physical, chemical and applied sciences and clinical medicine.
Focusing on the needs of scientists, Nature (founded in 1869) is the leading weekly, international scientific journal. In addition, for this audience, NPG publishes a range of Nature research journals and Nature Reviews journals, plus a range of prestigious academic journals including society-owned publications. Online, nature.com provides over 5 million visitors per month with access to NPG publications and online databases and services, including Nature News and NatureJobs plus access to Nature Network and Nature Education’s Scitable.com.
Scientific American is at the heart of NPG’s newly-formed consumer media division, meeting the needs of the general public. Founded in 1845, Scientific American is the oldest continuously published magazine in the US and the leading authoritative publication for science in the general media. Together with scientificamerican.com and 15 local language editions around the world it reaches over 3 million consumers and scientists. Other titles include Scientific American Mind and Spektrum der Wissenschaft in Germany.
Throughout all its businesses NPG is dedicated to serving the scientific and medical communities and the wider scientifically interested general public. Part of Macmillan Publishers Limited, NPG is a global company with principal offices in London, New York and Tokyo, and offices in cities worldwide including Boston, Buenos Aires, Delhi, Hong Kong, Madrid, Barcelona, Munich, Heidelberg, Basingstoke, Melbourne, Paris, San Francisco, Seoul and Washington DC. For more information, please go to www.nature.com.