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Copyright Clearance Center Explores New Paths for RightFind
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Posted On August 18, 2015
As Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) continues its expansion beyond clearing copyright permissions and providing compliance solutions, it is upping the ante on its line of RightFind cloud-based content workflow solutions with the introduction of RightFind XML for Mining. The RightFind suite also includes document delivery and professional services.

The RightFind Suite of Solutions

RightFind helps organizations uncover hidden content costs, get the most value from company subscriptions, and ensure that employees comply with copyright policy. Users can search either within the RightFind application or another search platform to identify the articles they want to reuse. With additional RightFind tools, they may store licensed content in a digital library, determine if their organization already licenses or holds subscriptions to the content, and, if required, purchase the necessary rights. Content spend and budgets can then be assessed with RightFind software and ancillary professional services.

RightFind XML for Mining

RightFind XML for Mining facilitates content access and licensing at the full-text level by addressing an unmet need in text and data mining (TDM): a use typically not covered under a standard subscription. Researchers can now identify and download full-text article collections, in XML format, from multiple publishers through a single source and import the results into their preferred text mining software, thereby saving time spent acquiring, licensing, and converting articles from individual publishers. Linguamatics’ I2E is the first text mining solution to be integrated with RightFind XML for Mining. Additional partnerships are currently in the works, with a major announcement planned for later in 2015.

Future Plans

CCC has big plans for future enhancements to the RightFind platform. In a recent interview, Babis Marmanis (the company’s CTO and VP of engineering) shared several new and upcoming services. He is responsible for driving the technology vision and the implementation of all software systems at CCC.

While the “initial focus of RightFind XML for Mining is on the life sciences market, additional verticals including biomedical, chemistry, energy and others are being explored by CCC,” he said. In each of these areas, CCC intends to expand RightFind XML for Mining through a combination of organic growth and partnerships, as well as the adoption of de facto standards. For example, the addition of results for patents is planned through integrations with leading providers in that space. In the area of life sciences, taxonomy tagging based on MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) from the National Library of Medicine is in development.

Plans also include integrating non-full-text corpora into the service by market vertical—e.g., MEDLINE for life sciences. Additional improvements will be made to the search functionality, including contextual searching, which will help users limit the large volume of results and increase context-specific precision without sacrificing recall. For example, a user looking for articles about a jaguar would be able to limit the results to just articles about the animal and not those about the car.

According to Marmanis, the company aims to provide a “unique service for CCC’s customers that offers best-in-class discovery and management of content, in order to meet their business objectives, while seamlessly integrating this service within their workflow.”

From its origin in copyright licensing and management, CCC is well on its way to providing not only a one-stop shop for content discovery and identification, but also an integrated workflow solution for content access, management, and spend analytics.

For more information about the RightFind solution suite, take a look at this video recently posted on CCC’s YouTube channel.


Corilee Christou is president of C2 Consulting, a firm that specializes in leveraging and licensing digital content of all types to traditional and internet-based companies using new and innovative business models.

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