Scope eKnowledge Center Pvt Ltd.

ASM Press chooses Scope for enhanced metadata for its books

Press release   •   Apr 09, 2013 15:29 IST

Scope eKnowledge Center (Scope), a leading provider of content enhancement and knowledge services, has recently completed an engagement to help enhance book content discoverability for ASM Press, the book publishing division of the American Society for Microbiology.

The engagement involved the creation of two types of metadata for selected book publications. For monograph, reference, textbook and trade publications, ASM Press required a rich set of MARC record metadata for each book, based on MARC21 standards and AACR2/RDA rules. Scope employed its technology-enabled mARCat™ suite of cataloging services. The mARCat platform assists Scope’s library information professionals in creating and updating MARC bibliographic metadata. In addition, Scope has in-house domain experts who validate subject classifications. For the ASM Press engagement, the mARCat-created tags/MARC fields were customized based on client requirements to improve the discoverability of the book via enhanced, data-rich tagging.

Scope also developed abstracts/summaries and keywords for each book chapter to support ASM Press’ objective of making chapters more discoverable. Scope employed ConSCIse™, its unique abstraction solution for the engagement. ConSCIse generates keywords and abstracts, conforming to client specifications, using a combination of software algorithms based on natural language processing (NLP) rules, Scope’s expertise in text mining, knowledge repositories and subject matter expert (SME) curation.

Christine Charlip, Director of ASM Press, commented, “Creating enhanced metadata and librarian-friendly MARC records will propel the discoverability and usage of our extensive microbiology ebook collections. Scope provided expert guidance and high-quality deliverables within a very tight timeframe.”

Tram Venkatraman, President of Scope, added, “Scope is very pleased to have the opportunity to support a prestigious life science publisher like ASM Press. Our mARCat and ConSCIse solutions combine our proprietary technology with our experienced SMEs to surpass client’s expectations in terms of quality and cost-effectiveness.”

About ASM Press

ASM Press, the book publishing division of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), publishes a broad selection of texts, references, monographs, and general interest titles in the microbiological sciences that are used as the foundational texts in colleges and universities and as reference materials in laboratories around the world. Many ASM Press publications are also used as primary references by US governmental agencies. Showcasing internationally-renowned authors and editors with expertise in a broad range of disciplines, ASM Press titles have been translated into more than a dozen languages. ASM Press titles are well-respected around the globe for the high quality of the material. ASM Press offers hundreds of microbiology titles in the following topic areas: Applied and Industrial Microbiology, Bacterial Pathogenesis, Clinical Microbiology, Environmental Microbiology, Food Microbiology, Fungi and Fungal Pathogenesis, Immunology, Microbial Genetics and Molecular Biology, Viruses and Viral Pathogenesis, General Interest, and History of Science.

About Scope eKnowledge Center

Scope, a Quatrro Global Services company, is an award-winning provider of outsourced, cost-effective Content Enhancement Services, Data Management Services, Business Research Services and Patent Analytics for various clients across the globe. Scope, a niche knowledge services provider, has employees from various educational backgrounds and experience delivering knowledge solutions across multiple industry verticals and domains. Scope fulfils customer needs by leveraging its experience and capabilities using in-house developed proprietary technology solutions and platforms for service delivery as well as its internal needs. Scope is also the publisher of the daily newsletter Knowledgespeak, a comprehensive news service focusing on the STM information industry.

For more information, please contact:

Richard Kobel
Associate Vice President, USA Scope eKnowledge Center +1 516 462 3555

Krish Srinivasan Vice President, UK & Europe Scope eKnowledge Center +44 75 5288 3020