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February 26, 2009 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Government Intel Visualization Tool Now Available: Starlight VIS

In the world of information, there aren’t many organizations with greater needs for clarity and insight than U.S. government intelligence agencies. At the cutting edge of research, these groups specialize in bringing meaning to millions of pieces of seemingly disconnected data. Accordingly, their tools are second to none. After more than 10 years of R&D at Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL;, one of those tools is now available to the public. Future Point Systems, Inc., a provider of visual information systems (VIS), has licensed the exclusive rights to market Starlight VIS to corporations, law enforcement agencies, military organizations, and others who have a need to extract new value from very large quantities of heterogeneous data.

The Starlight system comprises the Starlight Server, Starlight Client, and Starlight XML Engineering Environment (XEE). It enables users to comprehend information and solve problems by generating pictures of relationships among items in large data repositories. Containing multiple integrated visualization tools, the system can integrate text documents, database records, webpages, geospatial data, video and photos, and other types of information to create awareness in situations of high complexity or uncertainty.

Among the many features at Starlight’s disposal are free-text topic clustering, network analysis, hierarchical organizations, geospatial relationships, temporal relationships category memberships, and multidimensional correlations of structured data. The software platform also features project collaboration, advanced workflow management, and native XML support, as well as an integrated XML data warehouse. The modular design of XEE allows it to be easily integrated with legacy databases and SOA (service-oriented architecture) implementations. It also has a powerful graphical programming interface simple enough for even nonprogrammers to use.

Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., with offices in Washington state, Oregon, and Washington, D.C., Future Point Systems, Inc. was founded in 2006 in partnership with PNNL. As a private commercial enterprise, Future Point Systems has been granted exclusive rights to develop and market Starlight VIS. Future Point Systems and Starlight VIS are supported by a network of highly qualified resellers including Battelle; Cormine Intelligent Data; CYTECH Services; MicroLink, LLC; Respond BV; and Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC). For more information about Starlight, visit

Source: Future Point Systems, Inc.

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