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Data Conversion Laboratory Initiates Transformation and Unification of AMPP’s Vast Content Collection

Driving the Evolution Toward Intelligent Search Technology and Seamless Content Interchange

Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL), an industry leader in structured data and content transformations, is currently in the process of transforming and unifying the Association for Materials Protection and Performance’s (AMPP) extensive content collection, heralding the dawn of a new era in intelligent search technology and seamless content interchange. Supported by DCL’s efforts, AMPP is priming its unique content collections for future AI initiatives, setting a new standard for innovation and efficiency.

AMPP, the global authority in materials protection and performance, is at the forefront of standards and training to enhance infrastructure protection and maintenance. Its corrosion control and protective coatings expertise has become increasingly important in supporting global infrastructure. AMPP recognized the necessity of a substantial overhaul in its workflows and tools to continually integrate the latest state-of-the-art developments, crucial for supporting its members and sustaining industry leadership through education, accreditation, innovation, and standardization. This included the need to centralize all content within an XML repository for efficient management and accessibility. Further, AMPP’s members work in demanding industry segments and require access to distinct content elements beyond conventional formats such as books and journal articles.

DCL is transforming much of AMPP’s content into full-text XML, ensuring all content seamlessly flows across multiple channels and platforms. More than a half million pages of image-based PDF content are being converted to full-text JATS XML (for journal articles and conference proceedings) and full-text BITS XML (for books). Additionally, DCL scanned and digitized more than 200,000 print pages from legacy books, magazine articles, conference proceedings, and journal articles. Standards content will also be converted.

“We’re committed to executing a seamless transition of the majority of AMPP’s content, which encompasses historical material from the two organizations that merged in 2021 (NACE International and SSPC). Our primary objective is to present all content through a user experience-oriented delivery platform,” explains Mandy May, Director of Content Management at AMPP. “We’re implementing monumental changes to our processes. Partnering with DCL encompassed various crucial aspects: ensuring conversion accuracy, adept project management for a large-scale endeavor, and deep expertise in handling association content. They’re not just a vendor; they’re a true partner.”

“The transition to full-text XML guarantees seamless content interoperability, adapting to the evolving need for granular content to facilitate integration with emerging AI technologies,” states Mark Gross, President of DCL. “This initiative at AMPP marks a pivotal step as AMPP charges into a future where traditional content management and delivery packages are no longer sufficient.”

AMPP also collaborates with leading technology providers Access Innovations, Ariza Content Solutions, Silverchair, and Xpublisherto create optimized publishing workflows by implementing a new repository, content editing tool, platform, and intelligent search technology.

DCL distinguishes itself by continually leading the charge in content conversion and extraction technology and creating advanced techniques to improve accuracy while reducing costs. Click here to learn more about how structured content improves discoverability, interoperability, and innovation.

About Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL) Data Conversion Laboratory (www.dataconversionlaboratory.com) provides data and content transformation services and solutions. Using the latest innovations in artificial intelligence, including machine learning and natural language processing, DCL helps businesses organize and structure data and content for modern technologies and platforms. With expertise across many industries, including publishing, life sciences, government, manufacturing, technology, and professional organizations, DCL uses its advanced technology and U.S.-based project management teams to solve the most complex conversion challenges securely, accurately, and on time. DCL is the industry leader in content structuring, XML content conversion, DITA conversion, S1000D conversion, SPL conversion services, and much more. Founded in 1981, DCL was named one of EContent’s Top 100 Companies in the Digital Content Industry.

About AMPP The Association for Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP) is a global community of professionals focused on the protection of assets and the performance of industrial and natural materials. AMPP was established in 2021 following a merger between NACE International and SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings. The new association unites 145 years of expertise in corrosion control and protective coatings and service to industry and members worldwide. Today, AMPP is the world’s largest corrosion control and protective coatings organization, serving over 35,000 members in 140 countries. AMPP is headquartered in the United States with offices in Houston and Pittsburgh, as well as additional offices in Brazil, Canada, China, Dubai (training center), Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom. www.ampp.org

Member News Release submitted by Data Conversion Laboratory on 05/14/2024.

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