SHAREDBOOK LAUNCHES SERVICE TO ENHANCE OPEN LEGISLATION AND POLICY DEVELOPMENT
SharedBook Offers Law and Policy Makers Tools to Provide More
Open Review and Debate Launches At O'Reilly's Gov 2.0 Summit
NEW YORK – September 8, 2009 – SharedBook Inc., a provider of content transformation technologies for consumers, online publishers and enterprises, today launched a new service for policy and law-making institutions that will allow constituents and other interested parties to electronically annotate and comment on government documents, from legislation to policies and procedures. The subsequent document can be then published, complete with the original text and all the comments and annotations included.
SharedBook launches the product today at the inaugural Gov 2.0 Summit in Washington, D.C., the first major meeting of thought leaders from the information industry, not-for-profits, citizen creators of applications, and decision-makers from all levels of government to examine how to use technology to change and improve governance.
Technology has offered the promise of more open and collaborative legislative and policy development processes, but to date no tool has offered a scalable solution that truly allows innumerable comments and annotations and then converts them to a format in which the comments can be preserved. SharedBook's annotation product offers governments and public policy groups the ability to encourage open review and debate on documents, as well as the ability to retain a subsequent Permanent Record of these discussions in a book, digital file or other printable document.
SharedBook is providing its patented technology platform to OurEnergyPolicy.org, http://OurEnergyPolicy.org, a new online initiative for the nation's energy policy leaders designed to enhance the development of U.S. energy policy through contextual, online discussion. SharedBook's platform allows approved experts from industry, academia, non-profit organizations and government to contextually add comments and responses to documents through online footnoting, while not allowing the original content to be changed, creating a digital platform for a discussion of energy policy.
"SharedBook specializes in integrating multiple data sources and facilitating the transformation of that data into new formats. That capability has great application in the creation, dissemination and distribution of policies and legislation that encourage and incorporate public comment," said Caroline Vanderlip, CEO of SharedBook. "We have created an annotation tool that locks down the original document, then facilitates the sharing of documents, and accommodates the need to record public debate and discussion."
Policy makers, nonprofits, educators, and special-interest communities can use SharedBook's platform to allow their members or constituents to engage in an online dialogue on bills, rules, research and other important documents. Starting with highlighted excerpts from the original content, a series of comments and replies can be posted and shared with any and all interested users to facilitate a pointed and detailed discussion that can then become a permanent record of the conversation to be preserved.
"This product announcement represents SharedBook's ongoing interest in and understanding of the changing relationship between content and its consumers and our commitment to continuing to create products that meet those shifting needs," Ms. Vanderlip continued.
SharedBook is a Gold Sponsor at the inaugural Gov 2.0 Summit September 8-10. The Company will be demonstrating its technology at Booth 12.
SharedBook enables companies and consumers to dynamically produce personalized and customized documents and books by using its patented publishing and discussion platform. SharedBook's platforms facilitate the dynamic transformation of digital content into customized and personalized formats, such as flipbooks on the Web, downloadable PDFs, or professionally printed books. SharedBook partners include, Bloomsbury, DK Publishing, Hachette Filipacci, HarperCollins Publishers, Legacy.com, Our Energy Policy Foundation, Penguin USA, Random House Inc., SOHO Publishing, Sterling Publishing, Thomas Nelson Publishing, among others. Please visit www.sharedbook.com.
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