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October 3, 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 ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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ISYS Announces ISYS:web 7

ISYS Search Software (http://www.isys-search.com), a provider of enterprise search solutions for business and government, announced the immediate general availability of ISYS:web 7, the company's next-generation enterprise search solution for public Web sites, corporate intranets, and portals. ISYS is targeting the midmarket—small to midsize organizations and departments of large enterprises. The company made the announcement during the Innovations in Search conference last week in New York (http://www.innovationsinsearch.com).

ISYS:web 7 is designed to extend the value and breadth of functionality to organizations looking to deliver powerful yet affordable Web-based search. ISYS:web 7 can integrate as a search and publishing function on a customer's current Web server or act as its own Web server. New features in ISYS:web 7 include:

  • On-the-fly categorization: At query time, ISYS:web 7 automatically displays categories that enable users to drill down and quickly find the right information. ISYS also provides administrators with tools for modifying categories according to their business rules.
  • ISYS SearchTrends: ISYS:web 7 parses raw search log data into reports that enable organizations to monitor, measure, and analyze search behavior.
  • Web-based administration with an easy-to-use interface.
  • Improved metadata searching and handling.
  • Developer's Toolkit available for customization.
  • Faster indexing speeds and doubled index capacity.
  • Multi-processor support.
  • Unicode support.

Source: ISYS Search Software

Vivísimo and MSN Search to Power FirstGov.gov

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA; http://www.gsa.gov) has announced that Vivísimo (http://vivisimo.com) and Microsoft’s MSN Search (http://www.msn.com) have been selected to provide search results for the FirstGov.gov Web portal (http://www.firstgov.gov). Vivísimo will leverage its Velocity software and Clusty Web search platforms to selectively crawl and metasearch federal and local government-related content and cluster the combined MSN Search and Vivísimo results for easier navigation by FirstGov.gov users.

GSA said the new search strategy provides significantly more services for less than the cost of previous FirstGov search services. The contract is valued at $1.8 million annually, which is nearly half the cost of the current search service on FirstGov.gov. The contract is part of a new blanket purchase agreement (BPA) FirstGov has set up to acquire future Web search services. The BPA has a total value of $18 million over the length of the agreement. GSA also signed a BPA with Fast Search & Transfer (FAST), which currently provides the search technology for FirstGov.gov.

FirstGov.gov Search will also significantly expand the scope of its government service capability. Currently, FirstGov.gov Search includes an index of approximately 8 million federal government Web pages. Vivísimo, in partnership with MSN, will provide an index that’s more than three times larger than the current service. It will include federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government Web sites. In addition, FirstGov.gov will launch governmentwide news and image search services so citizens will not have to go to individual agencies to find these resources. The FirstGov.gov site was launched in September 2000 and has had several major improvements over the years.

Source: U.S. General Services Administration

Alacra Adds Newstex Feeds

Alacra, Inc. (http://www.alacra.com) announced the addition of Newstex Newsfeeds to its roster of premium content sources. The agreement calls for Newstex, which calls itself the Content On Demand company (http://www.newstex.com), to provide tailored, real-time news and commentary from thousands of branded newswires, newspapers, magazines, financial and business sources, official government feeds, and blogs to Alacra Subscription Services and Alacra Store.

The company said that Alacra customers will benefit by the addition of value-added content formatting within Newstex Newsfeeds, including Newstex PeopleTickering, a new way to identify people in the news such as officers and directors of corporations, financial institutions, and nonprofit organizations.

A privately held company founded in 1996, Alacra is headquartered in New York. The company made its announcement during the Buying Digital conference last week in New York (http://www.buyingdigitalcontent.com).

Source: Alacra, Inc.



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