Case study DocCheck

What is the initial Situation and the Customer Problem?

DocCheck - the network for Medworker. With over one million registered members, DocCheck is the largest community for healthcare professionals in Europe. Here you can learn online, further your education, exchange information with your peers and network or actively contribute your own knowledge. The free of charge DocCheck-password provides you with a quick and easy access to websites in the pharmaceuticals industry and medical publishers, which are meant to be for this particular sector only.

In order to support decentralised and collaborative working, DocCheck introduced a new web-based content management system. Then, a browser based XML-Editor was searched to produce media-neutral content, that let itself integrate seamlessly in the new editorial system.

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What solutions were found with Xeditor?

With DocCheck specific content from the respective authors and editors is created and managed on a central platform. With the aid of Xeditor, a collaborative work environment can be established that offers direct access to the connected DocCheck services (e.g. DocCheck TV & Pictures). All data and documents must first be transformed into a standardized data format. For this purpose Xeditor uses data format XML, which allows for content re-usability and for the adaptation of any amount of output channels.

For all data and documents that are to be entered in the future, a standardized structure, workflow and validation rules for content creation must be defined. Now authors, editors and other content creators can enter data via a standardized user interface in the database in

XML format, which will be verified according to the defined rules. With its web-based solution, information in the DocCheck database can now be updated and edited live worldwide. Furthermore, important updates can be centrally rolled out.

How could Xeditor be integrated?

Xeditor is integrated directly in the content management system, the portal for authors (restricted area) from DocCheck, in which authors can collaboratively work on their documents online.

Xedior serves as a central input mask for content (text, photos and videos) and keeps them in XML format, so that in the second step, it can be exported into various channels. This can be done fully automated without the necessity of an editor having to edit the content manually.

Through the previously set validation rules and the standardized input interface, it is guaranteed that the created content can be problem-free and error-free exported into the predefined output formats.

How did the cooperation work?

The integration of Editors in DocCheck's systems landscape took place through the internal DockCheck development team that initially set up or prepared their own systems and interfaces for the implementation of Xeditor. As well as, transforming already existing content into XML format. Particularly in the preparation as well as in subsequent changes, the Xpublisher team was able to provide support in an advisory capacity and especially in technically complex questions provide valuable proposals for solutions.

How do DocCheck employees judge the Xeditor solution?

For DocCheck employees the use of Xeditor is the ideal solution after a long search for a suitable tool. A readymade editing system was not an option for DocCheck because it would have meant a great intervention in the existing infrastructure due to adjustments on the already existing DocCheck-system and interfaces. DocCheck is with its vast number of products and services very flexible and set modularly. This is why DocCheck's decision for Xeditor as a ready building block to be implemented in DocCheck's editing system was an easy one.

What advantages or benefits does DocCheck have with Xeditor?

The most important advantage and the main reason for the acquisition of Xeditor by DocCheck is the implementation feasibility into already existing complex structures. Xeditor offers the possibility to be set up modularly and thus an easy way to integrate the substantial functions in its own systems landscape. By providing these extensive functions as XML-editing and the extensibility to meet their own needs, the existing infrastructure can always be developed further without having to give consideration to external software.

In addition, the use of uniform or standard data structures according to appropriate specifications results in saving extra time and costs. Authors and editors can completely concentrate on the production of high-quality texts, without having to worry about formal aspects and preparing the contents.

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Short Overview

DocCheck will set up and manage selected products from participating authors and editors with the help of Xeditor. By the reduction of the expenditures during the conversion into different output formats, additional resources become available, which can flow into the production of new content. Through the one-time accruing license costs, in comparison to the use of classical editing systems, running costs could be significantly reduced and the individual development of their own structures could be put forth.

Short Quotes

Daniel Vierbuchen, section "Paid Content", DocCheck

"The extendible interface and the content validation directly during data entry saved time and nerves for us. Everyday life cannot be imagined without the functions by Xeditor. The use of Xeditor is not only WYSIWYG but WYSIWIV (What you see is what is valid) - the automatic validation is a blessing. The implementation of Xeditor into our existing systems went faster and easier than imagined. The resulting free man-days could thereby be utilized elsewhere."

For further information, please contact:

Xpublisher GmbH
Matthias Kraus
Managing Director, CEO
Schleißheimer Str. 6-10
80333 Munich, Germany
Phone: +49/(0) 89 547 261 78 - 50
Email: m.kraus@xpublisher.com