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March 27, 2006 — 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 ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Watson Now Delivers Content to SharePoint Users

Intellext, Inc. (http://www.intellext.com), creators of the proactive search tool Watson, announced a product enhancement that will provide users of Microsoft SharePoint products and technologies with the ability to have content automatically delivered from SharePoint sites directly to their desktops.

Watson is an intelligent search tool that proactively finds and delivers relevant information to users. It works alongside Microsoft Office and Web applications, understands the context of the documents a user is working on, and automatically finds relevant information from the desktop, the Web, and across the enterprise. Content is delivered to the user's desktop in a nonintrusive sidebar.

Chicago-based Intellext said it introduced integration with Microsoft SharePoint as a way to offer an out-of-the-box solution to the enterprise content delivery challenge. Current solutions require users to interrupt what they are doing to go search for content. With Watson, enterprise content finds the user instead. With Watson connected to SharePoint sites, content becomes proactive, is more relevant to the task at hand, and is used more often. In addition, Watson ensures that existing access permissions are upheld so that users can access only the content they are authorized to view. Watson Professional now includes, at no additional charge, the ability to connect to Microsoft SharePoint sites. 

Source: Intellext, Inc.

Vivísimo Launches Free Site Search for Nonprofits

Vivísimo, Inc. (http://www.vivisimo.com) has launched Clusty Site Search Service, a free search service for nonprofit organizations and educational institutions. The new product provides nonprofits with a free search box and clustered search results in a uniquely branded and dedicated search tab at Clusty.com.

According to Vivísimo, Clusty Site Search Service was developed to help resource-strapped Webmasters and organizations provide a "world-class search experience" for their visitors, while preserving their site's identity. With Clusty Site Search Service, a visitor who searches a nonprofit or educational institution Web site is directed to a dedicated search tab at Clusty.com. The tab, which highlights the organization's name in red to help maintain brand identity, produces search results clustered in trademark Vivísimo fashion. Visitors can then navigate results by theme and locate information or discover topics that otherwise would be buried in a list of search results. The service is designed to provide a better search experience for the user and a more effective, informational Web site for the organization.

Clusty Site Search Service is now available for organizations with domains ending in .org, .edu, and .net as well as for school districts with domains that contain "k12" and end in .us. For more information, visit http://clusty.com/sitesearch. To try Clusty Site Search Service, visit some of the organizations that have implemented it, including the Fox Chapel Area School District (http://www.fcasd.edu), Carnegie Mellon University's computer science department (http://www.cs.cmu.edu), the Free Tibet Campaign (http://www.freetibet.org), the Pittsburgh History Museum (http://www.pghhistory.org), and Rational Revolution (http://www.rationalrevolution.net).

Source: Vivísimo


CQ Press Enhances Congressional Staff Directory

Congressional Quarterly's CQ Press Professional Division is enhancing its Congressional Staff Directory. The print/Web directory lists nearly 20,000 contacts along with in-depth biographies and committee assignments. However, now added to the free searchable Web access that all subscribers receive will be complete votes and bill information and complete Congressional Record information for each member of Congress. The product is designed to provide a thorough understanding of each member's political record and behavior—not just their contact information.

Users can now search and analyze each member's voting history or the results of any particular bill. Information can be searched by member, vote, date, and keyword. Links within the directory take you straight to each member's specific history, or users can click on to the main votes site and do in-depth analysis of any vote, analyzing voting trends by party lines, state, and vote type. Congressional Record information for each member of Congress lets users find who said what and when on the House and Senate floors. Links in the directory take you to each member's history. Users can search by keyword and date to quickly get specific comments on any topic addressed by Congress on the floor.

The new content is available in March with the latest release of the Congressional Staff Directory. Subscriptions last an entire year and include all results of the 2006 elections. For more information, visit http://www.cqpress.com/professional/professionals.html. CQ Press is a division of Congressional Quarterly, Inc. (http://www.cq.com).

Source: CQ Press



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