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Data Conversion Laboratory Selected to Perform Major Conversion Project for Highwire Press

Fresh Meadows, NY: Data Conversion Laboratory, Inc. (DCL) providing conversion services and software to publishers, industry, government, libraries, and documentation developers, has been selected to aid HighWire Press, a division of Stanford University Libraries, in an ongoing project to standardize files HighWire hosts online on behalf of scholarly publishers.

HighWire's original platform supported a number of SGML DTDs, including the Keton DTD, the HighWire DTD, and others. After participating in the research that ultimately gave rise to the National Library of Medicine (NLM)'s Journal Archiving and Interchange Tag Suite as an industry standard, HighWire adopted NLM XML as its new encoding model for journal content, while continuing to support other DTDs as well. With DCL's assistance, HighWire began the process of converting all legacy content originally cast in other DTDs to this new standard.

At present, DCL is working on converting the Keton SGML files and has already converted nearly 60,000 pages. The next segment of the project involves converting over one million pages. The first 225,000 page portion is scheduled for completion in 2010, the remainder to be delivered in 2011.

DCL is a world leader in conversions to the NLM DTD, and a primary vendor for HighWire Press—and also NLM—since 1999, converting from PDF to XML, as well as from SGML to XML. Utilizing its proprietary software, DCL converts large volumes of data, and can convert backfiles, and ongoing content, from a wide variety of sources.

Kathryn Henniss, Production Systems Manager at HighWire, discussed the reasons for choosing DCL: "We selected DCL for this project since, as primary conversion vendor for NIH, they are experts in converting to the NLM DTD. DCL has been a valued technology partner the last decade, and it has always been a pleasure doing business with them."

About HighWire Press

HighWire Press, a division of Stanford University Libraries, provides digital content development and hosting solutions to the scholarly publishing community, producing online versions of peer-reviewed journals, books, and other scholarly content. Since 1995, HighWire has partnered with societies, university presses, and other publishers to create a fully searchable database of research, medical, and social science literature. HighWire's electronic publishing platform, H2O, debuted in March 2008 and allows publishers to layer new software and services to their sites.

About Data Conversion Laboratory, Inc.

Founded in 1981, Data Conversion Laboratory, Inc. converts and organizes content to create electronic documents, populate databases, and publish on the web, sustaining long-term strategic relationships with clients spanning all industries, while preparing them for tomorrow's technology. DCL's services help refine conversion strategy, identify redundant content, extract metadata, and transform legacy and future documents to meet clients' needs as technology advances.

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