David Leeming, manager at the projects office for the RSC commented, "A book chapter is very different to a journal article whereas in a relational model you couldn't work that out, and you couldn't put those two together. We can just fill out all our XML into MarkLogic and actually then bring it out together as a single integrated delivery mechanism."
A famous trait among many NoSQL systems is their schema-less nature, meaning the database's metadata does not have to be rigid in order to build the application -- a standard requirement for applications built on relational databases. With MarkLogic, information can be loaded as is, which is especially efficient for indexing and querying information with poorly defined, changing, and/or unknowable schemas.
Each piece of content is automatically tagged, which allows users to discover content quickly and understand the context around it, connecting the dots between different pieces of research, video, journal articles, or images. RSC's platform has also added new applications for children, journals for researchers, social features, and mobile capabilities all powered by MarkLogic.
Dr. Robert Parker, RSC Chief Executive, said, "The RSC began the process of making its data more open, social and mobile in 2010 and chose MarkLogic to bring all of its data into one database capable of handling any data, at any volume, in any structure. The project has already resulted in a 30 percent increase in the number of visitors accessing its 500,000 journal articles, a 70 percent increase in volume of searches on its educational websites, and an expanded international profile, with significant growth in visits from researchers in India, China, and Brazil."
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