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Dow Jones Partners with PodZinger for Multimedia Content

Dow Jones & Co. (www.dj.com) has announced a partnership with PodZinger (www.podzinger.com), a multimedia platform that allows users to find audio and video content using keyword searches and to integrate multimedia content into Factiva.com and Factiva iWorks. Beginning in August 2007, Factiva (www.factiva.com) customers can easily access relevant video and audio information including business news, CEO interviews, executive speeches, shareholders meetings, product reviews, and other meaningful business content.

Factiva's multimedia offering leverages PodZinger's exclusive speech-to-text and natural language processing technologies, designed to give users highly relevant results around their searches. It also uses the patented Factiva Intelligent Indexing and displays results in charts and graphs so that users can immediately extract value and understanding from their searches. According to a 2006 study by PodZinger, viewers listen to or watch only 15 percent of an entire audio or video file. Dow Jones is combining the strengths of both Factiva and PodZinger to deliver a unique and powerful multimedia search experience that enables users to surface short, targeted clips around specific search terms where they can subsequently view only relevant sections or the entire episode.

The Factiva multimedia content offering includes the following:

  • Continuously updating content from more than 4,000 news and business sources (or series) and more than 300,000 individual episodes
  • 90-day content archive from a business news and information collection that includes The Wall Street Journal, NPR, CNN, BBC Radio, and more
  • Language interfaces in English, Spanish, French, German, and Russian

Source: Dow Jones & Co.



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