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November 21, 2005 — 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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Teragram Offers Direct Answers to Enterprises

Teragram Corp. (, a provider of linguistics technologies, announced the availability of its Direct Answers search technology, which can be purchased as a hosted service or as software installed on servers of Internet portals or large enterprises. Teragram Direct Answers delivers short, specific, fact-based answers to search queries instead of the traditional Web links.

The flexible technology can be tailored to extract information specific to each customer's needs, including information found on Web pages, and in documents and databases. Teragram can specify which reference libraries and other resources Direct Answers searches based on the specific business needs of the portal or enterprise. As part of the Internet search version, Teragram Direct Answers comes with pre-built information sources that include a broad range of reference sources, including encyclopedias, the World Wide Web, medical research, calculators, time server s, pop culture indexes, and more.

Direct Answers uses Teragram's linguistics technology to retrieve answers from unstructured, semi-structured, and structured data. Being able to extract both content and answers from all three types of electronic data is a key differentiator for Teragram's software. When an end user types a query into a search bar, it is initially parsed to compute the query's true meaning by analyzing it syntactically and semantically in a process that takes milliseconds. If the query is information-seeking, it is routed to Teragram Direct Answers and processed to provide answers. AOL is already using it to power more sophisticated consumer Web search.

Source: Teragram Corp.

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