Ovitas AS, est. 1995

Taking care of your content since SGML era

We organize your content, so you don’t need to.

🤖 Who are we?

Ovitas AS is an IT company, established in Oslo in 1995.

We have been working with information management since 1995, way back when SGML was in, and XML was still unknown. In a nutshell, we are content geeks.

We ❤ content, and we are great at managing it. We are all engineers with backgrounds on linguistics, linked open data, corpora management, natural language processing, XML/RDF tools, semantic web, enterprice search, CMS, information extraction and retrieval.

We manage your content with the help of customised solutions based on Empolis products, Alfresco open-source CMS, among other platforms.

🏋 What can we do for you?

We can fetch, organize, store, structure, tag, enrich, assemble, curate, validate, transform, index, search, translate and publish your content, so you don’t have to do it.

We can mine your content, extract knowledge from it, automate workflows, guarantee content consistency (we have great XML validation tools), deploy it on any format, and make it safe and secure for authorized access only.

In summary, your content is in good hands with us. We love taking good care of your content, yet, we can also build custom apps and services that can suit your needs. Yup, we also love to build stuff around your content too.

☕ Publish your content easily

Your content can be consumed in so many ways; a webpage on the intranet, a PDF on the website, a JSON output through an API, burned into DVDs, available through XML/RDF.

You need to have control of all these publishing channels. We can automate your publishing workflows, for a no-stress way of managing your content.

You can learn more on how we are helping FellesKatalogen to publish their content on their website, felleskatalogen.no.

🏛 Huge piles of content?

No worries, we’re fine with that.

We worked together with NationalEncyclopedin (www.ne.se) to customize Alfresco, an open-source CMS platform. We added custom migration, transformation, edition, search and publish modules for their encyclopaedic-size content.

Hundreds of thousands of articles, images, soundbites and videos nicely organized into a intranet service that fits like a glove to all their editor's needs. All with an open-source, free of license costs platform!

🔬 Your content is smarter

Yes, smarter than you think.

You can structure you content, and compose documents from snippets using rules and workflows. This removes a lot of boilerplate content, and saves a lot of time and space with on-the-fly document generation.

Learn more on how we worked together with Nokia to help producing manuals in a more efficient way.

We ❤ quality content

Nobody likes documents lying around with no quality control, no valid structure, and no ownership.

We do validate and curate your content, make it well structured so it can be easily published through any channel. This makes sure that all your documents can pass a quality check, so you don't waste time with useless content.

Learn more on how we worked with NJ to structure their content and extract knowledge from its information.

☁ Web services

We can create from simple and fast web services, such as REST APIs or webapps, to more complex Drupal-based websites and portals with CMS backends. We have full-stack engineers that can provide any web service you need, hosted by you, by us or hosted in 3rd party cloud services.

You can learn more on how we partnered with MSD and LisNorway to provide a drug price calculation tool, available as a web-service.

📱 Mobile apps

We can develop mobile apps for iOS, Android and Windows phone. We have developed a few mobile apps and app components for some of our customers.

We use PhoneGap and open-source tools for our mobile app development, so we can integrate easily with your existing web services, easily extend it to accommodate new functionality, and all with the same consistent UI look.



FEST Browser

FEST Browser is a browsing and searching tool over the pharmaceutical drug data made publicly available by Statens Legemiddleverk in the form of FEST XML.

Built on top of eXist-db XML database, the user can browse the catalog of drug entries, and see the XML entries in a pretty-print format.

The FEST Browser is a showcase of the potential of XPath and XQuery over XML content, and how we can provide simple maintenance tools that can make data curation and validation easy.

NorHun dictionary

Hungarian-Norwegian dictionary

HunNor is an open source Hungarian-Norwegian dictionary. The goal of the project is to provide the Hungarian community in Norway with an electronic dictionary. While content is contributed by members of the community, the editorial system and the dictionary interface is developed by Ovitas employees.

The dictionary is available online at http://dict.hunnor.net/, and can also be downloaded for offline use in different formats, for example as data package for third party dictionary apps, dictionary for the Kindle e-book reader, and even as a PDF document.



Felleskatalogen AS

2004 – ongoing

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The Norwegian Pharmaceutical Product Compendium (felleskatalogen.no) is a reference book of medicinal products marketed in Norway. It details indications, dosage, contraindications, adverse effects, photos, pricing, etc. aimed at health professionals.

The catalog is available for free on the Internet, on desktop and mobile platforms, online and also offline. It comes in a paper version and patient documentation is accessible via generated voice.

The data flow and the editorial process behind these publications are fairly complex. Felleskatalogen mines information from different structured data sources and its active web application also provides machine processible information via web services.

The heart of their system is the Content Lifecycle System, which utilizes Felleskatalogen’s own semantic information platform. It’s a rich semantic language which strictly controls the editorial process and makes publishing automation possible.


2012 – ongoing

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Nationalencyclopedin (ne.se) is the most comprehensive contemporary Swedish language encyclopedia.

Ovitas has built a semantic content structure and metadata driven editorial platform with complex workflow for internal editors and external authors in 1999. The system was managing more than 500.000 encyclopedia and dictionary articles for 15 years. Now we’re working on the new generation of this software, which will be rolled out soon.

MSD / Merck

(2015 – ongoing)


Merck (merck.com) is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world.

Ovitas is working with Merck, in a partnership with Lisnorway (lisnorway.no), on an online tool for drug and treatment price estimation for a number of conditions, to help user choose the most affordable drug / treatment in the market for the given condition.


2003 – 2008

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Scandinavian Airlines (sas.no) is the flag carrier of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, and the largest airline in Scandinavia.

Ovitas developed a cost-effective solution for airlines operations based on Empolis’ industry-leading knowledge management platform Information Access System.

The resulting EDOCS, tailored to SAS Norge’s requirements, is a hosted web portal which provides a single point of content access and management offering comprehensive functionalities for information retrieval with search, navigation, display and print capabilities of airline operation manuals. All updated documents and manuals are instantly accessible via the Web, and users can see all related information across manual types on a single screen. EDOCS uses a formal knowledge model to intelligently present the most relevant pages.


2002 – 2003

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Nokia (nokia.com) is a Finnish communications and information technology multinational corporation that is headquartered in Espoo, Finland.

Ovitas implemented a tailor made component content management system for mobile user manual authoring, which used Topic Maps technology modelling mobile features and binding document components.


1996 – 2007

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Hunnskapsforlaget (kunnskapsforlaget.no/) is a Norwegian publishing company based in Oslo that concentrates on encyclopedias, encyclopedic books, textbooks, and dictonaries.

Their semantic SGML driven component content management system was the first in Norway in 1996.

Norstedts Juridik

2002 – ongoing

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Norstedts Juridik (nj.se) is a leading information publishing and software company that caters to legal and accounting professionals and public sector organizations. Norstedts Juridik employs 180 people and has offices in Stockholm and Gothenburg in Sweden and is part of Wolters Kluwer, an international publishing group in the information sector.

Norstedts Juridik supports thousands of professionals in their careers by making their everyday lives simpler, more efficient and more secure. Norstedts Juridik provides literature, online services, training and advanced software. Through the Fritzes brand, Norstedts Juridik also helps Swedish authorities publish official publications.

Norstedts Juridik implemented the Empolis Content Lifecycle System to support extremely complex editorial process needed to publish Swedish laws. A legal document has a very long life cycle and each individual paragraph can have multiple variations, which are valid for a specified time period.

The system must be capable of composing legal documents with their validity from any given time, at any given time, and yet, redundant contents cannot exist in the system. This is a challenging task for any content management system, however, CLS provided all of the needed functionalities for legal publishing out-of-the-box.

Magnus Informatik

2008 – 2012

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Magnus Informatik (magnus.dk) is one of Scandinavia’s leading suppliers of software and services in tax, audit and accounting. Magnus’ software focuses mainly on tax advice, annual reports, financial data, audit processes, tax margin calculation and economic analysis.

Magnus is part of Wolters Kluwer Scandinavian division, with about 250 employees and offices in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Oslo, Copenhagen and Aarhus.

Ovitas rolled out an Empolis CLS based editorial platform and flexible, metadata driven on-demand publishing.


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About Us

Ovitas AS

Storgata 3

0155 Oslo


Phone number: +47 21 38 09 34

E-mail: info@ovitas.no

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