NEWBOOKS Solutions to Establish Strategic Partnership with MVB to provide high quality metadata

Companies will cooperate to develop software for the new VLB catalogue. NEWBOOKS Solutions to become MVB Certified Partner for editorial services based on the new THEMA standard.

With the opening of this year's Frankfurt Book Fair our newly established software and consulting company is forming a strategic partnership with the MVB. The aim is to provide the book industry with a considerably improved meta-database to be known as VLB+ or VLB next. "Metadata is becoming more and more important in making books discoverable and ensuring that they sell well," said Ronald Schild, MVB CEO. "This partnership brings together NEWBOOKS’ extensive know-how in the management of enriched and editorially processed metadata as well as customer information systems with the coverage and data pool provided by the German Books in Print (VLB). The many synergies will create a win-win situation for both publishers and booksellers."

The partnership aims to provide high quality metadata while further developing customer-oriented software tools. The first step will be the processing of bibliographic information according to the new THEMA standard. This will enable booksellers and publishers to receive metadata for academic and professional books via the VLB that is significantly more granular and consistent, not to mention corresponding services such as new title alerts, approval plan systems, digital previews and metadata management tools.

In concrete terms, the VLB will be able to offer participating academic and professional publishers title classification according to the new THEMA standard that has been enhanced by NEWBOOKS Services own enriched catalogue data. The objective of jointly developed software tools and customer information systems will be to make publishers’ metadata management more efficient and consistent while at the same time optimizing  automated metadata control through monitoring procedures and plausibility checks. Additional joint projects are planned for automatic indexing based on full texts and NEWBOOKS’ unique Keyword Indexing software will be used for the subject-specific indexing of metadata and full texts.

“We look forward to the newly founded strategic partnership with the MVB that will bring us much closer to achieving our common goal: on the one hand easier maintenance, precise classification and automated metadata distribution for our participating publishers, and on the other hand improved systems and opportunities for using enriched bibliographic information for providing more targeted customer information. This would on the whole lead to higher sales," explains Moritz Hodde, CEO of the newly formed company NEWBOOKS Solutions and Head of NEWBOOKS Services Clearing Centre.

NEWBOOKS Solutions and NEWBOOKS Services are ‘MVB Certified Partners’ and will be present at the MVB Stand in Hall 4.0, Booth D85 at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

On 20 February 2014 we will join forces with the MVB and the mediacampus frankfurt to offer another THEMA Seminar.

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