New product will help expose unique collections on the Web
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – June 23, 2016 – Atlas Systems, the leading provider of time-saving solutions for libraries, and Zepheira, whose Linked Data products and services use the power of Web technologies to increase real world relevance, announce today a joint partnership that will streamline the transformation of archival data to Linked Data. Together the companies will offer a product to convert and deliver archival data to The Library.Link Network. The Library.Link Network is the shared Linked Data platform managed by Zepheira and used by other services to make library, archives, and special collections data visible on the Web. A formal product and process for the transformation and publishing of archival records is expected to be available in late July.
The forthcoming product leverages the current offering of MARC record to Linked Data transformations provided by Zepheira with other library catalog partners to offer a way for archives, special collections, and historical societies to expose their unique collections on the Web for easier discovery. Atlas will utilize Zepheira’s transformation and publishing technologies to convert archival records and reveal them to the Web using Linked Data vocabularies including BIBFRAME. Atlas is a founding member of the Libhub Initiative, which provided the basis for making this product possible.
According to Dan Specht, Atlas CFO and vice president for sales and marketing, “Zepheira has been an outstanding partner from the very beginning. When they first began talking about BIBFRAME and their vision for Linked Data through the Libhub Initiative, we at Atlas Systems recognized the value this would be in helping archives, special collections, and historical societies gain greater visibility and usage of their unique collections. This is an excellent fit for Atlas to complement the tools we deliver through Aeon to the archives and special collections communities.”
Jeff Penka, vice president of product management of Zepheira, added, “Atlas Systems has been on board with us from the start with both the Libhub Initiative and The Library.Link Network. Their focus on fulfillment is a natural and necessary component of our work in using Web technologies and Linked Data to better reveal the wealth of resources memory organizations possess. Once information seekers around the world have the opportunity to know what libraries, archives, and historical societies have in their collections they will want to access what they find. Atlas facilitates that final step–from finding to getting–in an effective, efficient manner.”
About Atlas Systems
For more than fifteen years, Atlas Systems has been exclusively dedicated to developing software, training and consulting solutions that enable libraries to transform their user services and maximize workflow efficiency. Atlas is best known for creating the ILLiad interlibrary loan management system now distributed exclusively by OCLC and used by more than 1,100 libraries worldwide. Focused on bringing the benefits of automation to library processes that have not been addressed by other software services, Atlas has introduced Ares, an electronic reserves solution, and Aeon, an online request and workflow management system specifically designed for special collections libraries and archives. For more information, visit www.atlas-sys.com.
Zepheira is a leading provider of software and services designed to help clients across industries make information available and more prominent on the Web. Founded in 2007, Zepheira has extensive experience creating products and solutions focused on the modernization of library information systems. Zepheira’s founders and staff have played key roles in pioneering the next generation of the Web, including the semantic technology underlying most Web applications. For more information, visit www.zepheira.com.
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