EidosMedia Systems at Italian Sports, British Maritime Papers

By: E&P Staff

Italy’s EidosMedia has announced two new sites for its Methode publishing system, one of which is the first to use the company as an Application Service Provider (ASP).

Italian sports start-up Dieci is using a 60-seat installation to produce the tabloid daily and Sunday editions (Dieci, the number 10, has been worn by some of soccer’s legendary players, such as Pele, Maradona, and current superstar Ronaldhino.)

Dieci is EidosMedia’s first ASP client, paying a monthly fee for hardware and software rental. Applications run on servers at the system developer’s Milan headquarters, and Dieci staff access the system as an outsourced service. The arrangement cuts implementation time and IT costs, according to the company.

In Britain, shipping daily Lloyd’s List will replace a QuarkXPress-based system with Methode in its London newsroom. The paper, which began publishing maritime news in 1736, will install a 50-seat system to handle its print, Web and syndicated operations.

The integrated newsroom environment will supply those various channels’ content from a common XML repository. The online portal will include an electronic newsletter automatically generated from the print edition.

Lloyd’s List publisher Informa Plc’s maritime and transport division intends to roll out Methode across its entire portfolio of newspapers and magazines, allowing it to maximize benefits from its centralised news team and content database across its portfolio. This is also intended to serve as a pilot project, allowing other parts of Informa’s publishing business to evaluate the possibility of also transferring to the Methode platform.

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