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June 24, 2002 — 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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EBSCO Announces NoveList Enhancements, Content Agreements

EBSCO Publishing has announced that its NoveList online fiction readers' advisory service is releasing version 4.1 with the addition of a personalization feature, the ability to create persistent links from a library home page to specific content within NoveList, enhanced searching capability, and browsable lists. NoveList uses over 36,000 subject headings to describe the more than 100,000 fiction titles included in its database. Version 4.1 expands the power and flexibility of the features available for individual readers and libraries.

The company has also announced that EBSCOhost customers who are registered users of The British Library Document Supply Centre can now link directly to ARTWeb, The British Library's online document order form. This is an enhancement to the recent addition of links to The British Library's ArticlesDirect document delivery service, which is designed for nonregistered, occasional users. When activated in EBSCOadmin, links to either service appear with the related citation in the user's search result list. Libraries can also choose links to other services such as Infotrieve, CISTI, and FIZ-AutoDoc.

In a separate agreement, EBSCO notes that in what is a first for libraries in the state of Hawaii, many institutions will have unlimited access through EBSCOhost to 20 of the largest full-text reference databases available. With this project, Hawaiian citizens of all ages can search and access full-text materials from thousands of magazines, journals, newspapers, reference books, biographies, encyclopedias, almanacs, and more.  The 20 EBSCOhost databases made available through this state initiative cover virtually every subject area for children, young adults, adults, and college researchers.

In another partnership, the Illinois Digital Academic Library (IDAL) has selected EBSCO Publishing to provide aggregated journal databases for over 150 public and private Illinois libraries for the next 3 years. Through IDAL, students, faculty, and staff at eligible institutions now have access to several EBSCO databases of academic and business periodicals, consumer health information, and newspapers. Current service from EBSCO will be uninterrupted; however, the package of databases offered will be expanded and modified by this fall. IDAL will continue to assume the entire cost of the EBSCO services for all colleges and universities in Illinois.

Source: EBSCO Publishing

FAST Claims Its AllTheWeb.com Is Now the World’s Largest Search Engine

Fast Search & Transfer (FAST), a developer of search and real-time filter technologies, has announced that AllTheWeb.com (http://www.alltheweb.com), its search technology showcase, now searches nearly 2.1 billion Web pages vs. the 2.07 billion Web pages listed on Google's home page as of June 16. With a full refresh cycle of 7 to 11 days, AllTheWeb delivers comprehensive search results from over 2 billion Web pages and integrates them with breaking news results from thousands of news sources and hundreds of millions of multimedia, video, MP3, and software files, all within a single search result page.

FAST also announced the addition of Adobe Acrobat PDF files as a searchable file type, along with a redesigned user interface to make the discovery of the right information easier than ever. With advanced linguistics, categorization techniques, and support for 49 languages, AllTheWeb combines a comprehensive, fresh, and fully integrated search resource with one of the largest news resources on the Internet.

"It's a major challenge for the search engines to keep up with the constantly expanding Web and still be able to ferret out the best results," said Chris Sherman, editor of SearchDay, a daily newsletter from SearchEngineWatch.com. "Bigger isn't necessarily always better, but AllTheWeb's new 2.1 billion document index combined with its high-quality search engine is a winning combination for searchers."

According to the company, AllTheWeb is the FAST public search technology showcase and R&D sandbox that demonstrates FAST's advanced search capabilities for customers and partners. Here the scalability, relevance, and ease of use of FAST Internet and enterprise search offerings are tested and new technologies, ideas, and applications are deployed in a real-world setting. Specifically, portal customers can take advantage of features displayed at AllTheWeb through the FAST Web Search product offering, which is currently delivered to millions of users per month via leading Web portals.

"FAST's mission is to deliver leading real-time search and information retrieval technology to our clients," said John M. Lervik, CEO of FAST. "The index size of AllTheWeb demonstrates the unique scalability of our search products, while support for multiple file and language types displays our flexibility and universal search abilities. The integration of breaking news highlights our real-time indexing capabilities, while our advanced linguistics and categorization techniques automatically interpret the correct meaning of queries and connect users to the most relevant information."

Source: FAST Search & Transfer

Industry Leaders Adopt Google Corporate Search Products

Google, Inc. has announced that leading aerospace, technology, broadcasting, retail, and educational institutions have adopted the Google Search Appliance to enable employees and customers to find products and information within corporate intranets and Web sites. The growing list of Google Search Appliance customers includes Boeing, Cisco Systems, PBS.org, National Semiconductor Corp., Sur La Table, the University of Florida, and others.

"The Google Search Appliance delivers high-quality search results and enables our employees to quickly find the information they need to make better decisions," said Bill Corley, manager of intranet technology at National Semiconductor. "With our old search engine, users would have done several searches to find the right document, and with Google they often find what they need on the first try. Our employees love Google because it helps them be more productive."

The Google Search Appliance is an integrated hardware/software solution that extends the power of Google.com to corporate intranets and Web servers. (See the NewsBreak at http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/nbreader.asp?ArticleID=17244.)

"The Google Search Appliance addresses the growing demand for accurate and cost-effective search solutions," said Jonathan Rosenberg, Google's vice president of product development. "Google is helping a wide variety of corporations save time and money by enabling them to quickly deploy powerful search services behind the corporate firewall."

The Google Search Appliance comes in two versions: GB-1001 for departments and medium-sized companies and the GB-8008 for large corporations. It's offered on a try-before-you-buy basis that enables customers to evaluate the product for 4 weeks before making a final purchase decision. Google Search Appliance pricing starts at $28,000 and includes 2 years of support and software updates. More information can be found at http://www.google.com/appliance.

Source: Google, Inc.



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