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March 27, 2008 — 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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MetaCarta Introduces GeoSearch News

MetaCarta, Inc. (www.metacarta.com), a provider of geographic search and referencing solutions, announced GeoSearch News (http://geosearch.metacarta.com), a geographic search engine that displays current news on a map. GeoSearch News indexes a collection of more than 1,400 national, international, and local news sources every hour in addition to direct feeds from the Associated Press and Reuters.

GeoSearch News is designed to help consumers who may be investigating a real estate purchase or planning to travel or news junkies who are looking for local and worldwide coverage. Real estate buyers can discover what is happening in their targeted neighborhoods by searching for crime reports, editorial opinions, community news, and local events. Travelers can learn about current happenings at their destination that can enhance their trips (e.g., new museum exhibit openings) or learn of events that may interrupt their travel plans (e.g., transportation strikes, environmental issues, or political unrest). News junkies can gain a broader perspective and opinion on news without having to visit multiple sites.

GeoSearch News lets users specify their place of interest by entering a place name in a text box or panning/zooming a map to a desired place or region. Users can refine their search by simply repositioning the map. Search results are presented in order of relevance as determined by a combination of keyword(s) and the specified geography.

Founded by a team of MIT researchers in 2001, MetaCarta is privately held, with headquarters in Cambridge, Mass.; offices in Vienna, Va., and Houston; and resellers worldwide. MetaCarta also offers a NewsMap service, a hosted service that allows online media outlets to display maps that show the places mentioned in their news stories. Reuters was the first media company to use MetaCarta’s NewsMap service, deploying it in December 2007 on Reuters.com.

Source: MetaCarta, Inc.



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