Innovation is at the heart of Decalog’s strategy. Every year since 2008 the company has obtained the “Innovating Enterprise” label awarded by Bpifrance for investing in the creation of innovative products.

Collections of digitised documents

Decalog offers global management of collections of physical and digital documents via the addition of EDM (Electronic Document Management) functions within the ILS. Professionals can digitise their cultural heritage and import the images into the catalogue, either by adding them to existing records so as to enrich the initial description, or by creating new records. In the case of digitised texts, Decalog offers a character recognition system, so searching the contents of source documents – even historical material –  is possible.

Access to digital resources

So that libraries can manage their digital sources serenely, Decalog has developed a new-generation ERMS (Electronic Resource Management System) surpassing usual solutions for digital periodicals. This application manages the access to all types of external digital resources: bibliographic records, additional information (cover, extracts, commentaries etc), digital contents (books, articles from periodicals, music, videos, games, online courses etc).

Data models

Decalog has taken major decisions by implementing the FRBR model and adapting the standards of  data websites such as SKOS. Thanks to FRBR the user can carry out relevant searches using a unified catalogue and with the benefit of structured and enriched results they can directly access a record at the same conceptual level. They can adopt either an ascending approach (towards the work) or a descending approach (towards the items). As for the Semantic Web, it represents an unprecedented opportunity for improving the visibility of a catalogue on the web and facilitating the re-use of bibliographic metadata.

The Virtual Library

Decalog is currently working on an innovative project immerging the user in a 3D virtual library of collections and digital resources. The user will be able to move among shelves and manipulate books, periodicals, pictures, CDs, DVDs using their voice (voice recognition and speech synthesis) or hands (via a motion detection system).