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Brill and Semantico launch BrillOnline Discovery

Brill and Semantico are proud to announce the launch of BrillOnline Discovery, offering users one central place to search across all of Brill’s online resources.

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Brill and Semantico are proud to announce the launch of BrillOnline Discovery, which offers users the option to search across all of Brill's online resources from one central place. BrillOnline Discovery uses the Scolaris Linking Hub technology developed by Semantico. This enables federated search increased discoverability across the family of Brill platforms (BrillOnline Primary SourcesBrillOnline Books and JournalsBrillOnline Reference Works and BrillOnline Bibliographies).

A multi-platform publisher like Brill faces challenges in communicating the wealth of online information to users. With over 150 reference works and primary source collections, 200 journals and 4000 e-books the challenge is big. The number of visitors to Brill's online resources increases every month, which is an extra incentive for Brill to continue to invest in and improve user experience.

The Scolaris Linking Hub developed by Semantico helped Brill solve the problem of communicating the wealth of online information by enabling the user to discover and navigate to content on every site within the publisher's ecosystem, in a simple and cost-effective way. Users are now offered a full view of all content, links to related documents and access to multiple content types. With the introduction of BrillOnline Discovery, widgets have been added on the different platform which gives the user a full view of all content while visiting any one of the BrillOnline platforms, making it easier for users to search and discover the rich, high quality content Brill offers.

The Scolaris technology - developed by Semantico - promotes discoverability by providing intelligent, full-text search powered by Solr and allows rich taxonomy support for faceted search and browsing. The Scolaris Linking Hub solution also creates enhanced flexibility for customers by enabling different levels of subscription and direct access. This allows a broader range of customers to discover and engage with Brill content.

"Brill delivers high quality content from a wealth of sources. We want all of our customers to access and engage with this content,"says Sam Bruinsma, Vice President Business Development. "Now with the launch of BrillOnline Discovery, users can easily search across our extensive corpus and be presented with a seamless and elegant user experience."

"The Linking Hub resolves the age old issue of bringing together content from a variety of sources and exposing this in an intuitive and comprehensive way, commented Giles Gailer, Account Manager."The Linking Hub will benefit both publishers and end users, and we're confident that this product will have a positive and far-reaching impact."

About Brill
Founded in 1683 in Leiden, the Netherlands, Brill is a leading international academic publisher in 20 main subject areas, including Middle East and Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, History, Biblical and Religious Studies, Language & Linguistics, Biology, and International Law, among others. With offices in Leiden and Boston, Brill today publishes 200 journals and around 700 new books and reference works each year, available in both print and electronic form. Brill also markets a large number of primary source research collections and databases. The company's key customers are academic and research institutions, libraries, and scholars. Brill is a publicly traded company and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam NV. For further information please visit

Semantico is an innovative and market-leading digital publishing solutions company. To help publishers protect and grow the value of their content assets online, Semantico provides a range of services and technologies: consultancy, publishing platform design and build, ebook system development, digital marketing, access management, support and hosting.

Semantico works with many of the world's leading publishers and information providers including Oxford University Press, Nature Publishing Group, Springer and McGraw-Hill Professional to deliver scholarly journals, reference works and other academic and professional content across STM, HSS, professional and education sectors in the UK, Europe and the US.

For more information about Brill visit

Press contact: Albert Schoenmaker
Tel: + 31 71 53 53 506
Email: schoenmaker

For more information about Semantico visit 

Press contact: Clare Wratten
Tel: +44 1273 358 219

Editorial Contact:
Heleen Palmen
+31 6 5353563