|Weekly News Digest
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Vivísimo Introduces Velocity Universal Connect
Vivísimo, Inc. (http://www.vivisimo.com) announced Velocity Universal Connect, which provides plug-and-play connectivity to third-party search and content application connectors. It ensures that Velocity customers can seamlessly search, federate, or key-match content from any application or repository supporting open Web frameworks and feeds, such as RSS and Atom, and vendor-specific connectors, including A9's OpenSearch and Google OneBox.
Vivísimo Velocity is designed to provide a comprehensive search solution to give enterprises speed and flexibility in retrieving and presenting information to their users. Velocity already enables enterprises to connect to third-party applications, including Documentum, Microsoft SharePoint, and Lotus Notes, through their native Web interfaces or APIs without the presence of an intermediary software layer or middleware. Velocity can also connect to any resource that is accessible through a Web browser or that supports standard protocols like LDAP or Z39.50. Velocity Universal Connect serves as a new, ready-made access point for open Web frameworks and feeds, further streamlining deployment of a true federated search solution.
Vivísimo Velocity Universal Connector is a free component of the Velocity search platform. They can be downloaded immediately from the Velocity Web Administrative Interface and require no upgrading on the part of the customer.
Vivísimo is the creator of the Clusty.com consumer search engine. The company serves enterprise customers through its suite of clustering, search, and federated search products. Vivísimo serves its global client base through headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Paris and partners throughout the world.
Source: Vivísimo , Inc.
Ei Adds Ei Patents to Engineering Village 2
Engineering Information (Ei; http://www.ei.org) announced the introduction of Ei Patents to the Engineering Village 2 research and discovery platform. Ei Patents consists of patent applications and grants from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and European Patent Office (EPO). Ei Patents allows researchers to analyze results from the patent databases along with results from scientific literature databases, including Compendex and Inspec.
Each patent record is a bibliographic reference containing a patent abstract, classification codes, patent citations, and standard identifying metadata. Highly structured data enables powerful searching of patent content. Cited references link between a patent record and the other patents it cites. Cited reference searching allows users to search for any patents that cite a specific patent.
Ei said that Ei Patents is unique in the way that it provides analytics and visualization of patent content at the search results page. Search results are clustered with record counts summarizing the most frequently occurring values among key data fields. These clustered fields or facets include inventor, assignee, classification codes, assignee country, and year. The visualization of the patent content using faceted search allows researchers to gain insights and intelligence from the result display. Ei said that researchers can use this analytical tool to learn of the most prolific inventor or organization patenting a technology, discover new technology opportunities, and track their competitors. The Engineering Village 2 platform uses technologies provided by Fast Search and Transfer (FAST).
Source: Engineering Information
Intellext Releases Latest Version of Watson Search Tool
ntellext (http://www.intellext.com) announced the release of Watson 2.3, an upgraded version that adds people and company content from Zoom Information, Inc. (ZoomInfo; http://www.zoominfo.com), a drag-and-drop feature for easy information collection, and Yahoo! Desktop Search integration. The product is designed to provide richer delivery of people and company information to Watson users. Watson is an intelligent search tool that proactively finds and delivers relevant information to users.
As part of the deal, Watson recognizes when someone is looking at information about people and companies and queries the ZoomInfo search engine for relevant results. Content from ZoomInfo is then delivered to the user in Watson's sidebar interface.
The new drag-and-drop feature simplifies the process of incorporating information that Watson finds into the user's work. Any result that Watson finds, whether a Web page, e-mail, or desktop file, can be dragged from Watson's sidebar interface into the program the user is working on, then dropped for easy information collection.
Watson 2.3 also now supports and integrates with Yahoo! Desktop Search and includes several performance and stability improvements, such as the elimination of the need to reboot after installation.
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