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Reed Technology to Build Congressional Quarterly Publishing System

HORSHAM, PA. February 16, 1999.

Reed Technology has embarked on a multimillion-dollar project for Congressional Quarterly, Inc. (CQ) to develop a Unified Data Repository (UDR) and content management system for publishing to its Web site,, and publishing printed products such as CQ Daily Monitor. disseminates a wide array of information concerning Congress and the federal legislative process to over one thousand member viewers each day, from data feeds to legislative schedules, committee reports, and vote and legislative bill information.

XML will be used during the conversion of data feeds into the media independent database, as well as for a dynamic product extraction module. Reed Technology's emphasis is on creating a system that makes it simple and easy for CQ's editorial staff to edit and query the relational database, edit in XML, track workflow, and create different product offerings for new market segments.

CQ evaluated the many production systems it uses over a wide range of hardware platforms, operating systems and programming languages, and determined that a Unified Data Repository was required to manage all content for ease of maintenance and daily use. Reed Technology was one of several companies considered for this unique project that required expertise in data analysis, system and database architecture and integration and use of SGML and XML.

Reed Technology is including the following major functions in this new CQ system:

  • Storage and Access Control
  • Data Feed Processing
  • Original Content Generation
  • Editing and Updating
  • Workflow Management and
  • Output to Delivery Mechanisms.

"Reed Technology stood out because of their expertise in designing and developing efficient, end-to-end publishing systems," said Kinsey Wilson, editor of daily news at CQ. "We are extremely confident that Reed will build an efficient system that will allow CQ to achieve our business goals and capitalize on evolving market requirements."

Congressional Quarterly is a 54-year-old, nonpartisan news and legislative tracking service that produces both electronic and print publications including its flagship, the CQ Weekly. The company's online services include OnCongress, CQ NewsAlert and several other subscription Web sites. For more information, please visit CQ's corporate Web site at

A leader in creating technology solutions for content management, Reed Technology helps its customers move from the Information Age to the Knowledge Age by enabling the successful transformation of content into knowledge for end users. Headquartered in Horsham, Pa., Reed Technology is a member of the Reed Elsevier plc group. The corporation is one of the world's largest organizations specializing in content management, information delivery and electronic publishing systems. The company's services encompass every stage of the development process, including database design, SGML/XML and HTML services, CD-ROM production, on-line systems and WWW services. For more information, please refer to the Reed Technology Web site at or call 1-800-872-2828.


Gail Ferrari
Tattar CutlerLD&B
Tel: +1 (215) 957-0300

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Prepared by Robin Cover for the The SGML/XML Web Page archive.

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