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Online magic for IMF muggles

The IMF has mandated Publishing Technology, an AIM-listed provider of publishing-specific software solutions, to create an e-library, bringing all of the IMF’s resources online.

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The e-library will include books, periodicals, reports, minutes of meetings and other information, plus archived documents from the last three years.

Publishing Technology has also created online information solutions for the World Bank and the OECD. They can be used for proactive marketing, in much the same way as Amazon’s ‘people who liked this item also bought these’ technique.

The system for creating these e-libraries, called Vista, was also used to manage all of the Harry Potter books. The Vista system should have no problem dealing with the large numbers bandied around by the likes of the IMF and the World Bank, having recently been revamped to accommodate the sheer number of zeroes on JK Rowling’s royalty cheques.

The e-library will significantly enhance the IMF’s ability to distribute new information to its members, and is expected to be up and running by mid-October. It is not yet known if the e-library will include any data on goblin-run wizard bank Gringotts, or if it will offer a dollar or euro exchange rate for the galleon, the standard wizard currency.

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