SAN CARLOS, Calif. — November 9, 2010 — MarkLogic is helping drive student success in the U.S. MarkLogic Corporation, the company revolutionizing the way organizations leverage unstructured information, today announced that Xplana™, the world’s premier student-focused learning and social networking platform, is being launched at universities and learning institutions across the U.S. Xplana, a division of MBS Service Company, is powered by MarkLogic Server and enables students to get instant, searchable, and well-organized access to hundreds of thousands of academic resources. At the same time, they can interact, share, and collaborate with each other – all online and outside the print and digital book. Pilot programs are now in place at several leading universities, including the University of Missouri.
MarkLogic will share how Xplana is using its technology at the upcoming Vista 2010 conference scheduled for today through Thursday Columbia, Mo. The Vista2010 Forum is hosted by MBS Direct and Xplana. The event will feature some of the most esteemed individuals in the education industry as they discuss technology, innovation, and forecasting trends. Ken Chestnut, vice president of product marketing, MarkLogic, and Seth Shearer, director of media solutions, MarkLogic, will present a session titled “MarkLogic: Powering Today’s Social and Information-Rich Applications” on Wednesday, November 10, from 9:30- 10:30 a.m. (CT). Xplana is one of MarkLogic’s leading customers and recently Dennis Flanagan, CEO of MBS Direct, presented at the company’s Digital Publishing Summit in New York.
“MarkLogic can provide valuable insight into the future of student learning and success and what institutions need to do now is position themselves for the digital future,” said Chestnut.
“The Xplana platform is on the cutting-edge of what is happening in terms of digital content in the education sector and MarkLogic is pleased to be the database to manage and deliver all the content and information that flows through the platform,” added Shearer.
Xplana’s information schema, content metadata, user contributed information, and tagging all flow through MarkLogic. The product’s advanced capabilities also powers the Xplana search engine and creates an intelligent connection to unlimited volumes of disparate, unstructured pieces of academic-related information, tools, and popular social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
“Many institutions think they have a digital solution in place, but they really don’t,” said Rob Reynolds, director of product design and research, Xplana. “The conference will examine the latest trends in education technology, such as social and adaptive learning. Our goal is to ultimately shift the paradigm of student success and learning with the Vista forum. We want to equip attendees for the uncertain digital future with the necessary tools to meet and exceed the ever-evolving needs of their students. Vista 2010 is really an opportunity to influence the future of education.”
For more information and to register for Vista 2010 please go to http://www.mbsdirect.net/vista/index.html.