June 25, 2020 – Berlin | Boston | Oxford – De Gruyter is collaborating with Oxford-based software development consultancy 67 Bricks to develop a new digital publishing platform that will function as the central building block of the publishing house’s ongoing digital transformation.
67 Bricks, a trusted partner to some of the most respected names in academic publishing, is currently working with De Gruyter’s technology team to develop a highly customized digital platform that will allow the publisher to become more user-centered and data-driven and react much more flexibly to the needs of its customers.
De Gruyter’s long-term partnership with its current platform provider Sheridan PubFactory will end with the launch of the new platform scheduled for early 2021. The change comes as a result of the publishing house’s decision to move its technology landscape into a new strategic direction.
Scott Williams, recently appointed Vice President of Platform and Technology at De Gruyter, said, “We are excited to be building a fast, user-friendly, and highly flexible digital platform with 67 Bricks. Even more importantly, the work that we are doing will allow us to digitize and fundamentally improve our entire business architecture.”
Sam Herbert, co-founder of 67 Bricks said: “Change, disruption and technological innovation are now going to be constants in academic publishing. Users demand it. By investing in a new digital business architecture, De Gruyter are clearly demonstrating their commitment to changing ethos to become a publisher that builds modern, user-led information products fit for the 21st century. We are delighted to be partnering with them on their digital journey.”
Carsten Buhr, Managing Director at De Gruyter, added. “We feel that this cooperation marks a big step forward in the digital transformation of our business. The partnership with 67 Bricks forms part of our commitment to invest further in a modern and robust digital technology architecture as the bedrock of our publishing business.”
About De Gruyter 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
About 67 Bricks 67 Bricks is a software development consultancy based in Oxford, UK. Our team of talented developers and market experts help publishers build information products for the data-driven world. Flexible,modern content platforms, AI, machine learning, natural language processing – we build and apply these in the deepest, most problematic parts of publishing businesses where they really make an impact and deliver most value. The result? Content platforms fit for the digital age, user-led experiences and the ability to continuously innovate and build new revenue streams. For more information, visit: www.67bricks.com