In the recent article, AP, Media Standards Trust Propose News Microformat, the Associated Press begins a conversation about the standard it has created for online news publishing. With the help of Google's recent microformat support improvements, adopting new online publishing formats like this could prove very helpful for interested readers. Phase2 Technology joins the conversation with its recent release of OpenPublish, a complete publisher suite featuring cutting-edge semantic tools in an easy-to-use interface. In more detail, OpenPublish is a packaged distribution of the popular open source social publishing platform, Drupal, that has been tailored to the needs of today's online publishers and is ideal for the implementation of a variety of media outlets sites including magazines, newspapers, journals, trade publications, broadcast, wire service and membership publications.
Taking the AP and Media Standards Trust microformats one step further, Phase2 Technology with the support of Thomson Reuters developed OpenPublish to leverage the power of Drupal as a social publishing platform, integrate semantic web technologies, and incorporate best practices from other publishing sites. OpenPublish features a semantic metadata engine that uses Thomson Reuter's Calais Web Service to provide contextual metadata. This robust combination provides an efficient solution for publishers struggling to keep up with rapidly expanding technology and user expectations. OpenPublish is available as a starting kit of modules and configurations with each bundled component well-supported, documented and modularly designed according to Drupal's architecture.