Prospero Technologies LLC, a provider of Web-based collaboration services, has signed agreements to provide services for several Web sites. New clients include Kaplan, Inc., known for its test preparation, educational training, and online learning services; NASCAR.com (part of Turner Sports Interactive); Knight Ridder Digital (KRD), the online subsidiary of Knight Ridder, and Abebooks.com, an international marketplace for used, rare, and out-of-print books.
Kaplan, Inc.--selected Prospero to provide Web-based collaboration services for online degree programs with Kaplan College, part of the company's higher education division. Prospero and Kaplan worked together to deploy new collaborative elements for many of Kaplan College's online classrooms. Class-specific lesson plans are posted in the forums to encourage student-to-student and student-to-instructor interaction. Prospero's Select Groups technology and Seamless Registration enable Kaplan College to restrict access to enrolled students. Participation in the Web-based discussion forums is a key component of how students are graded.
NASCAR.com /Turner Sports Interactive (TSI) --turned to Prospero to provide message boards and event chats for NASCAR.com. Replacing NASCAR's previous vendor, Prospero worked with the NASCAR.com project team to meet a pre-Christmas holiday launch deadline for new online discussion forums. The NASCAR.com community section includes message boards for nearly all drivers in the major series, including Winston Cup, Busch, and Craftsman Truck racing.
Knight Ridder Digital (KRD)--a subsidiary company of Knight Ridder, develops and manages the Internet properties of Knight Ridder, newspaper publisher. Prospero has launched a community for 30 distinct KRD online properties; examples of their sites include MercuryNews.com, ThatsRacin.com, Tallahassee.com, Charlotte.com, Philly.com, KansasCity.com, TwinCities.com, Ohio.com, and Kentucky.com.
Abebooks--Abebooks is an online marketplace for used, rare, and out-of-print books. The company has strategic partnerships with Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and eBay/Half.com. Abebooks is launching two online communities powered by Prospero's advanced forums: a community of 10,000 booksellers and a new community of book buyers. In each case, the forums are intended to foster interaction among all community members as well as with Abebooks. Prospero is also transforming Abebooks email-based search program to a forum. Named "BookSleuth," the program enables potential buyers to post sketchy details of a book and to draw upon the community to figure out the unknown title and author.