DCL and ASTM International Make Society and Association Content More Discoverable

 

Fresh Meadows, NY,  November 6, 2017—Data Conversion Laboratory, Inc. (DCL), a leader in automated content and metadata extraction and delivery, has partnered with ASTM International, a premier service provider in the development and delivery of voluntary consensus standards, to solve an ongoing challenge for professional societies and associations: making published content more discoverable.

Discovery vendors and indexers, like Compendex/Scopus, EBSCO, and Thomson Reuters, each have precise requirements on how and when content and metadata should be delivered for maximum exposure. Many publishers struggle with meeting the varying structure and timing requirements of each vendor. ASTM International approached DCL with this challenge – and DCL Discovery Bridge is the result. DCL Discovery Bridge is a hosted subscription-based service that allows publishers to offload the burden while guaranteeing consistent and timely delivery of publishers’ content to each and every discovery vendor they work with.

“Making our digital content more discoverable is a top priority for ASTM. Slicing and dicing the data so that our vendors receive it in just the format they need was once a huge undertaking for ASTM digital production. We now rely on DCL to do this for us, which saves us time and resources,” said Suzanne Daulerio, ASTM COMPASS® Product Manager at ASTM International.

The DCL Discovery Bridge solution is built around a hub and spoke model where some of the spokes are inputs (content) from the publisher – in this case, ASTM International – and some of the spokes are delivery channels to various discovery vendors. The heart of the process is the hub, a set of DCL hosted services that automatically pick up client content (journal articles, books, magazine articles, technical papers, conference proceedings and standards documents, etc.), along with metadata associated with each content object from the publisher.

Hub-based services normalize the incoming metadata into a master metadata structure, creating discovery vendor-specific feeds of content objects and metadata in the format and structure each vendor can most easily integrate into their platform. The feeds are automatically delivered to each vendor for ingestion into their platforms.

“This type of project is typical of DCL’s approach to client challenges. DCL always looks for ways to simplify, streamline and automate the processing of large volumes of content in a timely and efficient manner,” said Brian Trombley, National Sales Director at DCL. “DCL Discovery Bridge offers a fast and cost-effective way to get your discoverability house in order.”

About ASTM International (www.astm.org)

Committed to serving global societal needs, ASTM International positively impacts public health and safety, consumer confidence, and overall quality of life. We integrate consensus standards – developed with our international membership of volunteer technical experts – and innovative services to improve lives… Helping our world work better.

About Data Conversion Laboratory (www.dcl.com)

For more than 35 years, DCL has been a leader in helping organizations grow the value of their content assets investment. With digitization and content management expertise across multiple industries including publishing, life sciences, government, manufacturing, technology and professional organizations, DCL uses its advanced technology and U.S.-based project management teams to help solve the most complex conversion challenges securely, accurately and on time. Founded in 1981, DCL was named one of  EContent's Top 100 Companies in the Digital Content Industry for four straight years.