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Integrating the "Frankfurter Rundschau" into the Dumont Archive


M. Dumont Schauberg, one of the largest newspaper publishers in Germany, first approached Comyan somewhere in 1997. The problem: There was an almost new editorial system (Cicero / Cardo), and there was a new archiving system (made by another manufacturer), which, unfortunately, could not talk to each other. Dumont had heard that we developed a very flexible interface for Cardo in Vienna, and asked us to adapt and deliver it to them for this purpose.

The Comyan interface (NewsBench/MediaExchange) was installed and put into operation. A couple of years later Comyan extended the software to deliver the same content to the online editorial system, facilitating cross-media publishing. A bit later, Comyan’s ePaper was installed for several newspapers, again using the same database.

This is how the “Kölner Stadtanzeiger”, the “Kölnische Rundschau” (2005) and later also the “Mitteldeutsche Zeitung” (in Halle) publish their digital ePaper editions and archive all their content into the central archive, fully automatically every night.

Switching editorial systems

How flexible this approach is was again shown in 1999. Dumont integrated the “Kölnische Rundschau” and wanted to switch from their editorial system (Harris) to Cardo. For a period of several months, the newspaper was produced partially on the old system and partially on the new system.

What is normally probably a nightmare to IT people was (at least in this area) really made very simple with the Comyan NewsBench framework. Two Comyan adaptors (for Cardo and Harris) processed the data from both systems every day, and stored them in a unified format into the archiving database. Switching systems such became really easy from the point of view of the archive.

Integrating “Frankfurter Rundschau”

In 2006 Dumont acquired a 50% stake in Frankfurter Rundschau, the second newspaper that was founded after the war in Germany and since then one of Germany’s national newspapers (circulation 152.000). Frankfurter Rundschau is using ATEX/Hermes with PPI - which was no problem for Comyan, because we already had existing interfaces to both systems. With a total (final) project effort of just over 65 hours, the complete integration into the archive with automatic processing of the articles, images, pages, formatting and relations was done, converting and feeding the data into the same archiving platform, in the same format as all the other publications.