|Weekly News Digest
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Answers.com Gets a Brainboost
Answers Corp., creators of the online reference site Answers.com, has acquired natural language search company Brainboost Technology LLC (http:// www.brainboost.com) for $4 million in cash and 439,000 shares of restricted stock, including certain price protection rights. The company plans to integrate the Brainboost answer extraction engine, which uses artificial intelligence technology to enable natural language search on the Web, into its own product line. Assaf Rozenblatt, developer of the proprietary technology, has joined the Answers.com team as director of natural language research.
Brainboost works by scouring digital content and extracting candidate answers to natural language queries. It then ranks those candidate answers heuristically and displays the highest-confidence results in simple English form. Answers.com said it will apply Brainboost's answer extraction techniques not only to the Web at large, as implemented currently, but to Answers.com's own growing content library of "attributable reference sources." An overview document outlining the specific benefits of the acquisition can be found at http://www.answers.com/main/brainboost_paper.jsp.Source: Answers Corp.
Information Mapping Introduces Word-Based XML Authoring Tool
Information Mapping, Inc. (http://www.infomap.com) has released Content Mapper, a Microsoft Word-based authoring tool that generates XML and integrates with a variety of content management systems (CMSs). The Content Mapper authoring environment is designed to provide "round trip editing" (from Microsoft Word to XML and back again), integration with the most popular CMS solutions, easy metadata tagging, the import of legacy documents, flexible publishing, and high quality XML output.
The company said that anyone who is familiar with Microsoft Word can author, edit, and save XML content without the need for XML technicians. Content Mapper supports emerging industry standard document architectures, like DITA and DocBook, and encourages topic-based content creation, hierarchical organizational structures, and full integration with a number of leading content management systems. Integration with CMS solutions is designed to allow for easy metadata tagging and work flow to support single-source publishing, information reuse, and flexible publishing.Source: Information Mapping, Inc.
Thomson Gale Adds Medical Videos to Health Center
Thomson Gale (http://www.gale.com) announced the addition of more than 700 medical-related videos to its Health and Wellness Resource Center. This new video library is a result of Thomson Gale's partnership with Healthology, Inc. (http://www.healthology.com), a physician-founded health media company and a wholly owned subsidiary of iVillage, Inc.
Healthology video content—covering more than 60 therapeutic areas, such as oncology, rheumatology, neurology, and gastroenterology—will be available in early 2006 to Health and Wellness Resource Center subscribers at no additional cost. Videos run approximately 4 minutes in length and are designed to engage, entertain, and educate in news magazine formats. All content is developed through a rigorous review process consisting of both internal and external medical or expert review. Each video features biographies of the participants, which can include physicians, scientists, nurses, nutritionists, and fitness trainers, along with patients, caregivers, and advocates. Full transcripts for each video, along with a large library of text resources, also will be available as part of this new Healthology offering. New content will be added each week.
Health and Wellness Resource Center is Thomson Gale's fully integrated, growing electronic resource center for all levels of health research. It features health and medical encyclopedias, journals and pamphlets, articles from general-interest publications, access to key health Web sites, and now video. The interface is designed to provide multiple pathways to key information for both novice and experienced searchers.
Source: Thomson Gale
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