Technology built with an eye to evolution, not obsolescence
Superdesk is an end-to-end content creation, production, curation, distribution and publishing platform. It scales to any size. It is also modular, so if some of your legacy tools are doing a good job you can keep using them: Superdesk is an integrator, not a dictator.
We develop modules for Superdesk as media channels evolve and converge, and new ones emerge, in anticipation of your audience’s inevitable migration to them. Your content teams, though, won’t have to learn new tricks every time a disruptive app appears: Superdesk technology can COPE (that’s create once, publish everywhere), so your journalists will use the same creation tools and interfaces regardless of output.
Flexible and communicative
Superdesk's ability to integrate with and talk to third-party software and legacy systems comes via a comprehensive array of APIs. Its data/content APIs enable users to invent products and services based on easy access to media resources contained in Superdesk-linked repositories. Superdesk content is supplied in structured formats widely used by apps written for Android or iOS mobile phones and tablets.
Superdesk APIs, then, are how we ensure that we can make the most of your existing technology with minimal cost. Through them, we can enable your editorial and business teams to innovate, build and release products tailored for new platforms to keep your content in front of increasingly sophisticated digital consumers.
Open source, managed for business
Superdesk is developed with commercial media partners and independent contributors as an open-source project. There is no licence fee. There is no vendor tie-in. You are not bound to any software development house.
The business benefits of open-source software - such as zero licensing costs, transparency, flexibility, speed of innovation - are easily understood, especially when compared with proprietary code, which is stumped on those counts.
It is to be expected, then, that some commercial software vendors make much of a perceived risk in open source: that its collaborative, sometimes almost “crowd-sourced”, nature allows potential for projects to take tangential turns in direction or for some components to morph beyond compatibility with others that depend on them.
This is a good argument against building mission-critical software from niche, hobbyist or ephemeral component technologies. The reassuring reality of mainstream open-source projects today, however, is that they are backed by such tech titans as Google, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Oracle and Facebook. Adopting software built on a well-chosen open-source technology stack is a rock-solid business decision.
Sourcefabric is Europe’s largest open-source software house serving the news media industry and it manages the integration of upgrades to Superdesk components, all of which are mainstream technologies in widespread commercial use across many sectors.
Promoting news industry standards
Sourcefabric is an associate member of the International Press and Telecommunications Council, which defines industry-wide technology standards and protocols for describing and classifying news content. The IPTC's stated mission is to “simplify the distribution of information”.
Technical standards developed and promoted by the IPTC ensure efficient information exchange, storage, interrogation and retrieval across diverse platforms by employing well-defined structured data and metadata schemas.