Information management and library systems specialist, Fretwell-Downing Informatics (FDI), is implementing a concerted market expansion programme. The Sheffield-headquartered company has received funding from ISIS Capital venture capitalists to help FDI to capitalise on its position worldwide.
In 10 years FDI has established itself as a leading supplier of the latest information technology to libraries and information centres around the world. Significant investment in product development has resulted in a series of recent, successful new product releases – notably VDX for resource sharing, the ZPORTAL information portal and a new citizen's information portal.
Robin Murray, managing director of Fretwell-Downing Informatics, commented, "FDI has always pursued a goal of using technology to help revolutionise library and information management services for the benefit of the profession and to make it easier for users to obtain quality information."
"Our library and information management solutions have been very well received in the UK and also in the US and Australia since our offices opened there recently. Our growth is such that we have achieved 60% increase in turnover during 2001. The additional funds will allow us to further expand our operations in the UK, US and Australia and provide a great opportunity to bring our marketleading products to more organisations and countries across the world."
FDI's new citizen's information portal technology powers seamlessUK, the new citizen's information gateway launched recently, which will initially offer over six million people quality local and national information via one portal.
All sectors of the library community and many market-leading organisations have chosen FDI solutions. Clients include Essex County Council, Leeds College of Music, The National Library of Australia, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Unilever and The University of California.
About Fretwell Downing Informatics
FDI has a long history of supplying leading-edge information management solutions to over 200 organisations worldwide. FDI operates from its headquarters in the UK with a US subsidiary, Fretwell-Downing Inc. in North America, plus additional offices in Australia and Europe. FDI's experience has resulted in a suite of well-designed solutions including information portals, library management, resource sharing, document delivery and data publishing. The company's freedom by design philosophy is underpinned by a strong software development team and a commitment to interoperability and open standards – such as NISO Z39.50, Dublin Core. This enables FDI components to be built into a total solution or integrated alongside existing technologies.
FDI will be showing its latest products at the EPI2002 conference at the National Motorcycle Museum in the West Midlands on 22 May and LIS (Libraries and Information Systems) in Excel, London on 25-27 June. www.fdgroup.com/fdi