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Community of Science Rolls out Web Site Publishing Technologies

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Community of Science Rolls out Web Site Publishing Technologies

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Community of Science (COS) has announced that its proprietary Web site publishing system has been successfully implemented for two medical societies, The American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and the Society of Vascular Surgery (SVS) and its sister organization, the International Society for Cardiovascular Surgery (ISCVS).

The company based the new technologies on relational database architecture rather than flat-file HTML pages to allow information to be authored in a secure, geographically distributed manner; stored and updated easily; and rendered in multiple views. As a result, society members can create and maintain dynamic, collaborative Web sites and conduct traditional society business in a truly virtual environment. ASGE and SVS/ISCVS implemented the new technologies this past November after COS converted its existing Web sites to a relational database architecture. Both sites are now operational and accessible to members.

"We are quite pleased that our Web site publishing technologies are helping societies to meet the distributed authoring needs, workflow requirements, and security concerns of their memberships," said Huntington Williams, III, president and CEO of COS. "We look forward to working closely with ASGE and SVS and ISCVS to gain insight into the evolving needs of online research communities."

In addition to distributed authoring tools, COS's electronic publishing system includes multi-level access control technologies that use the society's membership database as the basis for security control. Documents are accessible only to the society members who have appropriate clearance, enabling the organization to retain total control over all Web content creation and access.

COS Web authoring tools were originally developed by the company in 1996 for Cardiothoracic Surgery Network (CTSNet), a collaborative Web community or "supersite" for cardiothoracic surgeons, organizations, and online journals. While maintaining autonomous individual Web sites and complete editorial control over their content, CTSNet member societies share a common underlying database of cardiothoracic surgical information; graphical, navigational, and technical standards; and COS authoring tools. This allows the participating organizations to conduct online meetings and offer their members advanced Web publishing capabilities without duplicating development efforts.

The CTSNet member communities also share access to the online versions of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery and Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, which are full-text electronic journals published by COS directly from a database of the typesetting files used to produce the print versions. …

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