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Ethical digitisation business opens European office

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US-based ethical digitisation company, Digital Divide Data (DDD), has opened a European sales office in Oxford, UK, to represent its services in Cambodia and Laos.

The non-profit organisation provides disadvantaged youth in Cambodia and Laos with the education and training they need to deliver world-class, competitively priced IT services to businesses worldwide.

Currently employing more than 500 disabled or disadvantaged young people in Southeast Asia, DDD also aims to impart essential business skills that help them break the cycle of poverty.

'European publishers and libraries are increasingly keen to ensure that their organisations have a positive impact on the world around them,' says European account manager, Ed McLean. 'Choosing DDD is our clients’ way of achieving their business goals and helping those in need of opportunity.'

DDD’s services to publishers include ebook creation and conversion, journal digitisation, back file processing and XML enhancement of books, magazines, reports and newspapers. Publishing clients include Reader’s Digest, National Archive Publishing company (NAPC) and IngentaConnect.

Meanwhile, services to libraries include the digitisation of historical newspapers, student and alumni publications with clients being King's Digital Consultancy Services, Keele University and Yale University.

According to DDD, with fair conditions, short hours and time and funding for their education, employees build their confidence and marketable skills, thereby breaking the cycle of poverty. Over 250 staff have graduated from entry-level jobs to skilled positions that earn six times the average income in Cambodia and Laos.