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  • LISWire: Brill and Semantico announce Brill’s Primary Sources platform

    December 17th, 2013LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Leiden (NL) / Boston (MA) – 17 December 2013

    Brill and Semantico are proud to announce BrillOnline Primary Sources – Brill’s new online platform for primary sources.

    Brill and Semantico are proud to announce the launch of BrillOnline Primary Sources. This new platform consists of thematic collections of 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.

    Primary Sources offers access to over six million high resolution scans of documents, research data, models, illustrative images and associated metadata in over 70 collections in 9 different subject areas. Scholars are offered access to Brill’s primary source collections in an attractive and easy to use online environment. Much care and effort has been spent to ensure that functionality and usability meet the high expectations from today's users.

    Semantico built the site using their latest technologies. Scolaris, the next generation integrated content platform, is 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. Content is consumed through the Scolaris Reader, a powerful and flexible solution for viewing and annotating rights-managed PDF files.

    Dr Perry Moree, Executive Vice-President Finance and Operations at Brill said: “Brill’s Primary Source collections are 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 BrillOnline Primary Sources. Brill chose us because of the great work we've been doing for them since 2005."

    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

    For more information about Semantico visit

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

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