A local company known for its Bible research software is stepping into a secular field that could lead to further expansion.
Faithlife, formerly known as Logos Bible Software, recently created a new division and launched a computer software product called Noet Scholarly Tools. The new product focuses on the study of humanities, including history, literature and philosophy.
The company took some of the tools that made Faithlife’s Logos products successful and incorporated them into the new product. The tools focus on making scholarly research easier, providing large libraries of information that include a huge number of links for anything from a specific date to a key character.
The software is geared toward college students and professors to study and help with presentations, but is also for home-school students or someone who has a passion about the humanities, said Ben Amundgaard, product manager at Noet. One of the advantages is that it keeps the research notes and information in one place. Prices range from $100 for the introduction series to advanced programs for around $2,000.
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The Noet name comes from the term noetic science, a field that delves into intellect and reasoning.
“I think what people are most excited about is the functionality,” Amundgaard said of the software product. “Some of the basics Logos was doing 20 years ago are things that haven’t been done in the humanities.”
It’s an important step for Faithlife, which until this point had focused on producing software for Bible research. The tools in products such as Noet can be used to make other products in many other fields of study, including science, said Bob Pritchett, CEO of the company. Faithlife currently employs more than 400 people in downtown Bellingham.
The company is finding success with existing Bible software customers; Amundgaard said there is some overlap with Christian and humanities scholarly research.
Still, they are focusing on explaining to new customers that Noet is not tied to Christianity, even if it is coming from a company known for its Bible software.
Another aspect of Noet is that it is building a community of scholars through the company’s social media and blog. It’s a way to encourage debate and connect people, furthering research in the field of humanities, said Sherri Huleatt, marketing specialist at Faithlife.
One other challenge is the subject itself, Amundgaard said. With Bible research, scholars have one set of accepted content to start with and draw from. With the humanities, it is such a broad topic that making all of that information easy to find required plenty of work.
For more information about Noet, visit noet.com.