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Semantico Builds Brill's New Platform for Primary Sources

Brill and Semantico are pleased to announce a major new collaboration for the design and engineering of a new platform for Brill’s primary source collections. The expected delivery date for the platform is early 2013.

Leiden (NL) / Boston (MA)  ()

Following a pitch in June 2012, Brill has chosen Semantico to design and engineer the new platform for Brill's primary source collections. This new platform will consist of thematic collections holding unique materials such as rare books and documents from around the world. These essential research tools in the area of humanities and social sciences are an integrated part of Brill's product portfolio.

By choosing Semantico, Brill's new primary sources platform will offer an enhanced user experience to researchers, librarians and scholars. The platform will focus on delivering smooth and fast access to over six million high resolution scans of documents, research data, models, algorithms, and illustrative images. Widely distributed metadata will point researchers to relevant documents and on-site browsing will be free. The new platform has wider advantages for scholars as it combines primary sources with Brill's secondary publications. This opens up a new world of possibilities as users will be able to search across the other Brill platforms: BrillOnline Books and Journals ( and BrillOnline Reference Works (

Semantico will build the site using their newly launched Scolaris and industry-respected  Semantico Access Management System (SAMS). Scolaris is the next generation integrated content platform, engineered to manage the complexities of journals, reference works and dictionaries. Scolaris promotes discoverability by providing intelligent, full-text search powered by Solr and allows rich taxonomy support for faceted search and browse.

The platform will link Scolaris with SAMS to create greater subscription opportunities for Brill. SAMS is the most widely used access management system in its class and will be used by Brill to offer different levels of subscriptions to allow a broader range of customers to discover and engage with Brill content.

Dr Perry Moree, Executive Vice-President Finance & Operations at Brill said: "Brill Research Collections will be designed with discoverability and user experience at the forefront. Using the latest technologies, like Scolaris, means that search results are delivered at lightning speed in a logical and intuitive way giving customers the information they need quickly and accurately."

Richard Padley, Managing Director, Semantico commented:"We're excited to be working on another high profile Brill project and to be using Scolaris to power Brill Research Collections. Brill chose us because of the great work we've been doing for them since 2005 and successful delivery of the recent BrillOnline Reference Works project has greatly helped their perception of us too."

For more information on this media alert, please contact Albert Schoenmaker (, Senior  Editor Online  Resources.

About Brill (
Founded in 1683 in Leiden, the Netherlands, BRILL is a leading international academic publisher in the fields of Ancient Near East and Egypt, Middle East and Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, Medieval and Early Modern Studies, contemporary History and History of War studies, Biblical and Religious Studies, Slavic Studies, Language & Linguistics, Biology, Human Rights and Public International Law. With offices in Leiden and Boston, BRILL today publishes more than 175 journals and around 600 new books and reference works each year. All publications are available in both print and electronic form. BRILL also markets a large number of research collections and databases with primary source material. 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

About Semantico
We are an innovative and market-leading digital publishing solutions company focused on helping publishers  protect and grow the value of their content assets online. Aligning ourselves with the client's brand and business objectives, we operate as a strategic partner, providing a range of services and technologies including consultancy, publishing platform design and build, e-book system development, digital marketing, access management, support and hosting.

Many of the world's leading publishers and information providers have benefited from Semantico's e-publishing expertise, including Brill, Palgrave Macmillan, Oxford University Press, Wiley, Nature Publishing Group, Springer, Macmillan Education and Dawson Books. We work across a wide range of publishing industry sectors, including Reference/Academic; STM; Education; Trade, Legal, Tax & Regulatory; Associations & Institutes, and Publishing Intermediaries.

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