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Thursday 04 February 2021

67 Bricks launch new digital research platform for De Gruyter

67 Bricks is delighted to announce the launch of the new degruyter.com, a digital research platform for De Gruyter built by 67 Bricks, which forms the bedrock of a wider digital transformation that has changed the 270 year old heritage publisher’s entire business.

Using cloud technology, the new platform provides researchers around the world with fast, stable and secure access to over 110,000 scholarly books and 800,000 journal articles from De Gruyter, its imprints and publisher partners. 

Degruyter.com went live on 1 February after rigorous user testing in close cooperation with leading academic libraries and institutions around the world. 

Focused on the core functionality of providing researchers with quick and secure digital access, the platform’s first iteration provides a sound technological foundation for quickly introducing improvements and new functionalities. Moving forward, updates on the platform will deploy in continuous release cycles based on the analysis of usage data and user feedback to serve the needs of researchers, readers and librarians.

Built as a set of flexible components, the platform enables the publisher to upgrade and innovate its digital services quickly and responsively. User benefits include faster page load times, enhanced website uptime, maximized security and an improved overall experience.

The platform’s development and launch form part of the publishing house’s strategic decision to invest heavily in its digital infrastructure and ramp up in-house digital expertise.  

67 Bricks’s Managing Director Sam Herbert said: “These are uncertain times in publishing and forward thinking companies like De Gruyter are looking really hard at how the world is changing and what they do.  Digital transformation is a world away from just putting books and journals online, and requires some radical mindset shifts.  De Gruyter has shown great nerve and commitment and we are delighted to be partnering with them on their journey.”

Carsten Buhr, Managing Director at De Gruyter said: “The new degruyter.com is an important milestone in our 270-year history of serving academic communities and making knowledge accessible – and a big step forward in our digital transformation.”

Scott Williams, Vice President Platform and Technology at De Gruyter, added: “I am excited that my team has managed to build a fast, scalable and dynamic digital research platform in such a short time. This platform will allow us to become a data-driven, digital business and to improve our services for researchers, authors and librarians around the world.”  

ENDS

Read more about how 67 Bricks has helped academic publishers like Emerald, BMJ and Wiley. www.67bricks.com/our-work 

Media contacts: For more information please contact esther.harris@67bricks.com

De Gruyter publishes first-class scholarship and has done so for more than 270 years. An international, independent publisher headquartered in Berlin -- and with further offices in Boston, Beijing, Basel, Vienna, Warsaw and Munich -- it publishes over 1,300 new book titles each year and more than 900 journals in the humanities, social sciences, medicine, mathematics, engineering, computer sciences, natural sciences, and law. The publishing house also offers a wide range of digital media, including open access journals and books. The group includes the imprints De Gruyter Akademie Forschung, Birkhäuser, De Gruyter Mouton, De Gruyter Oldenbourg, De Gruyter Saur, Düsseldorf University Press, Deutscher Kunstverlag (DKV) and Jovis Verlag, as well as the publishing services provider Sciendo. For more information, visit: www.degruyter.com

67 Bricks is a software development consultancy who partners with some of the world’s most respected publishers to deliver modern, user-led, information products. We give publishers the control, flexibility and agility required to face future challenges and capitalise on new opportunities. We take a consultative approach to product development, working closely with your team to design, build and implement a solution that meets your specific business and user needs. Our award-winning platforms offer a tailored solution, helping you secure a unique market position, retain control of your content and data assets, and thrive in the continuously evolving digital landscape.

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