|Weekly News Digest
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Teragram Offers Direct Answers to Enterprises
Teragram Corp. (http://www.teragram.com), 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.
IBM Introduces Public Image Monitoring Solution
IBM (http://www.ibm.com) introduced the Public Image Monitoring Solution, new software based on its WebSphere Information Integrator OmniFind Edition, the first commercial platform for deploying UIMA-based text analytics solutions. [Editor's Note: For information on UIMA, see the NewsBreak "IBM Introduces Open Software Framework for Analysis of Unstructured Information" at http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/nbreader.asp?ArticleID=16143.] The new Public Image Monitoring Solution uses the company's text analytics and semantic search technology, as well as Nstein Technologies' multilingual text analytics and newsfeeds. It also enables organizations to incorporate content from Factiva, such as newsfeeds and published articles. The Public Image Monitoring Solution is currently available from IBM and Nstein Technologies (http://www.nstein.com).
IBM reported that companies can use the Public Image Monitoring Solution in three areas: 1) to track success of product introductions and marketing campaigns, 2) to help determine focus areas for product and marketing improvements, and 3) to conduct impact analysis by comparing consumer feedback and industry trends to actual sales data and marketing investments. According to the company, organizations in diverse industries can benefit from this solution. The product supports IBM's companywide strategy to help clients identify, access, and extract valuable meaning from information—regardless of format, source, or structure—enabling them to make better, more informed business decisions.
Quintura Search 1.0 Makes Its Debut
Quintura, Inc. (http://www.quintura.com), which calls itself a "next-generation" Web search company, announced the release of its Web search software, Quintura Search 1.0 beta. It offers a visual semantic map—the map of keywords and relationships between keywords. "One-Click Search," adding or subtracting keywords from a query using the map and a mouse click, lets a user specify the context or meaning of the keyword. This narrows the search and allows faster retrieval of relevant information.
Quintura Search 1.0 is a client-side application. It uses regular search engines like Yahoo!'s or Google's to send and retrieve query results. Quintura Search 1.0, which is available as public beta, can be downloaded at http://www.quintura.com/download. The final release is expected by the end of 2005, with the launch of online search services expected in 2Q 2006.
The Quintura technology is based on more than a decade of the founders' research and development in neural networks and artificial intelligence. This work includes several patent-pending technologies for a context-based visual search using neural networks. Quintura is privately held and backed by its founders and private technology investors. The company has U.S. offices in Alexandria, Va., and research and development operations in Moscow.
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