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Volume 18, Issue 5 — May 2001
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Innodata to Create XML Archives for ProQuest Historical Newspapers Project

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 at http://www.bellhowell.infolearning.com.

Source: Innodata Corp., Hackensack, NJ, 201/488-1200; http://www.innodata.com.

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