|Innodata Corp. has announced that it has entered into an agreement
with Bell & Howell Information and Learning to provide XML digital-content
services for its ProQuest Historical Newspapers project (http://www.bellhowell.infolearning.com).
The ongoing project, which was announced in January, is creating an XML-based
digital historical archive of full runs of national, regional, and local
newspapers, beginning with U.S. papers and eventually including ones published
in other countries.
The agreement allows Innodata to supply the XML-conversion and digital-content
services required for ProQuest Historical Newspapers. Three prominent national
newspapers have already joined the project: The New York Times, The
Wall Street Journal, and The Christian Science Monitor. (For
more information, see the March 5, 2001Weekly News Digest at http://www.infotoday.com/newsbreaks/wnd010305.htm
and the January 15, 2001 NewsBreak at http://www.infotoday.com/newsbreaks/nb010115-1.htm.)
At the request of Bell & Howell, the financial terms of the agreement
were not disclosed.
Innodata will provide the services through its XML Content Factory,
creating an XML-based repository of newspaper content that the companies
say will support a level of functionality not present in current online
newspaper products. In addition, Innodata expects to offer a host of additional
services to the individual newspapers.
Jack S. Abuhoff, Innodata's president and CEO, said: "This is why we
built the XML Content Factory—to be the key enabling agent for large-scale
XML initiatives such as this. We have already begun an aggressive production
schedule at the XML Content Factory, where we have integrated a combination
of best-of-breed and proprietary tools specifically designed to meet the
unique challenges that newspapers present."
Joe Reynolds, president and CEO of Bell & Howell Information and
Learning, said: "We chose Innodata on the basis of its ability to deliver
large-scale, complex XML content projects. We look forward to working with
the Innodata team as we roll out the ProQuest Historical Newspapers project.''
Abuhoff said: "As XML becomes the de facto standard for Internet content
publishing, the demand for our XML digital-content services should continue
to increase. We have the technology, processes, people, and track record
to continually win large-scale XML-conversion contracts. Furthermore, we
are intensely focused on improving our service offering and increasing
our leadership position in this growing market."
ProQuest Historical Newspapers, part of the company's Digital Vault
project, will encompass newspapers with deep historical value for researchers
in various fields, including newspapers that may have ceased publication.
A demonstration of ProQuest Historical Newspapers is currently available
Source: Innodata Corp., Hackensack, NJ, 201/488-1200; http://www.innodata.com.