SOURCE: Mark Logic Corporation

October 29, 2007 08:00 ET

Princeton Theological Seminary Deploys Mark Logic for New Digital Collection

Provides Fast, Detailed Search of Library's Digital Content

SAN CARLOS, CA--(Marketwire - October 29, 2007) - Mark Logic Corporation, provider of the industry's leading XML content server, today announced that Princeton Theological Seminary has implemented MarkLogic Server as the new basis for the library's new digital collection.

The library has launched a system for publishing digital content to give users better access to and navigation through more than 100,000 digital objects, including digitized representations of historic photographs, portraits, artifacts, and journals. This provides library members -- both seminary students pursuing advanced degrees in divinity or theology, as well as the general public -- with new levels of access and interactivity with historical and modern theological works.

The Seminary Library implemented MarkLogic Server to enhance the library's existing browsing services with search and faceted navigation including the Web 2.0 concept of user-tagging. Based on a model of tag clouds, users apply key words to items in the digital archive, which are then able to be used as search tools or for browsing via faceted navigation. This has increased the accessibility and usability of the collection. Previously, users would need a solid understanding of the works in the collection and a strong idea of what they were looking for in order to accurately navigate the collection. With MarkLogic, the content is now accessible to everyday users who can easily find topics that match a specific scholarly interest.

"For many years we wanted to expand and enhance the capabilities of our digital collection, but we didn't see a solution that was robust enough to handle our vast array of content and our users' needs," said Clifford Anderson, curator of special collections at Princeton Seminary. "Mark Logic was the answer to our problem, providing powerful XML and XQuery-based content capabilities and easy systems administration. With MarkLogic Server we have the agility we need to quickly build and deploy applications based on the Library's content."

The Princeton Theological Seminary digital collection is divided into visual collections and textual collections. Mark Logic replaced the existing digital collections infrastructure and provided a fixed, index-based navigation of individual and multipart digital works which have been scanned from a wealth of content related to the history of Princeton Seminary. The index and holding metadata are stored in the metadata encoding and transcription standard (METS), a library metadata XML standard developed by the Library of Congress.

The METS XML files describe books and journals consisting of 100s of pages of content. Previously, access to the collection would result in interminable wait times, often with the browser simply timing out. Using MarkLogic, the Seminary Library can run these queries in XQuery, returning results on these large XML files often in less than a second and never more than three seconds.

"Princeton Theological Seminary is at the forefront of technical innovation in libraries," said Andy Feit, vice president of marketing at Mark Logic Corporation. "For libraries to compete with internet search and other sources of information they must find new ways to enable members to access and interact with valuable and unique content. Using emerging technology such as XML and XQuery to manage content is a breakthrough and we are pleased to partner with the Seminary Library to provide a highly scalable, high performing platform for its prized digital collections."

About Princeton Theological Seminary

Princeton Theological Seminary was founded in 1812, the first seminary established by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church. It is the largest Presbyterian Seminary in the country, with more than 700 students in seven graduate degree programs. The new collections are available at

About Mark Logic Corporation

Mark Logic Corporation is the provider of the industry's leading XML content server. Mark Logic works with providers of information products to accelerate new product creation, deliver products through multiple channels, integrate content from different sources, repurpose content into multiple products, build custom publishing systems, and mine content to find previously undiscovered information. The company holds two patents on the innovative technology in MarkLogic Server which enables companies to load, query, manipulate, and render XML content using the W3C standard XQuery language. Designed for high performance and scalability, MarkLogic Server can deliver millisecond response times against multi-terabyte contentbases. Mark Logic is privately held and backed by Sequoia Capital and Lehman Brothers. For more information, or to download a free trial copy of MarkLogic Server, go to or visit the Mark Logic CEO blog at

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