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TDNet Releases New Version of Searcher Analyzer

TDNet Ltd. (www.tdnet.com), a provider of e-resource access and management solutions, announced the new version release of its Searcher Analyzer federated search tool. Version 2.7 offers enhanced federated searching, postanalysis options, and improved administrative features. Searcher Analyzer goes beyond ordinary federated searching by providing real-time text analysis, metadata tagging, and abstracting. The system connects to external databases as well as to internal repositories, and it fully integrates with all ILS and various enterprise portals such as Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS).

Where most federated search systems can display hundreds and thousands of search results, Searcher Analyzer clusters retrieved items into concepts and displays only the most relevant results, while also providing the user with newly revealed relationships among the various groupings.

Searcher Analyzer’s patented algorithm-based method for creating on-the-fly subject clustering now offers two additional modes of postsearch analysis: 

  • Grouping items into prenamed clusters according to a user-derived list of topics 
  • Applying a specific taxonomy of the user’s preference (e.g., the customer can choose to apply the MeSH vocabulary to achieve more focused search results)

The new version of Searcher Analyzer also provides a number of new administrator features including the ability to easily edit or delete a user at the single-site, multisite, group, or consortium levels. In addition, administrators can now approve or reject an online registration, add a resource from a predefined set of resources, or remove a resource from the user’s searchable set.

Source: TDNet Ltd.



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