The systems we develop address wide issues such as resource discovery and sharing, and our solutions can be applied across a range of industries.
Our software is used in settings as diverse as ophthalmic devices to tax administration.
Over the years we have developed specialist skills and knowledge in some key sectors where a large proportion of our customers are based. There is no strict definition of these sectors and they do overlap significantly, but they can be broadly defined as cultural heritage and education and learning.
Within the broad area of cultural heritage, we have tended to work mainly with the GLAM sector – Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums. GLAM institutions share a common interest in collecting artifacts and materials and making them accessible to a wider audience. With this kind of remit, GLAM institutions have a natural interest in issues such as resource sharing and resource discovery where Knowledge Integration has particular expertise.
Here are some examples of projects in the GLAM sector:
- Libraries: FOLIO ERM, FOLIO Federated Access, Knowledge Base+
- Archives: Archives Hub UK
- Museums: Science Museum Group, Royal Armouries, iMuseum
Our reputation within the cultural sector has also led us to work in other, related, areas such as the historical environment, where we are helping UK local authorities implement Arches open source software to maintain their Historic Environment Record.
Education and learning
We have a long history of working in the education and learning space at all levels. We worked extensively in the past with Becta on initiatives for (K-12) schools such as Curriculum Online and eLearning platform specifications.
Within further and continuing education we have worked on initiatives such as Citizen Maths and the FE Skills Window.
Our work in Higher Education has often been carried out for, or in conjunction with, Jisc who remain an important and valued partner and customer. Much of our work for Jisc is in support to its services for Higher Education libraries and overlaps considerably with our work in the library sector described in the previous section.
We have also provided input to standardisation activities in elearning at the UK level (with BSI), at the European Level (with CEN) and at the global level with ISO and the IMS Global Learning Consortium. We provide tools to help institutions implement the IMS Learning Information Services standard to integrate systems including the Psydev LIS Gateway and Bulk Data Synchronisation Agent.