|Weekly News Digest
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Ask Jeeves to Acquire Teoma Technologies
Ask Jeeves, Inc. (http://www.ask.com), a provider of natural language question-answering and search technologies, has announced that it has acquired the privately held Teoma Technologies, Inc., a provider of next-generation Web search technologies. The company claims that the acquisition will enable Ask Jeeves to deliver one of the most advanced search technologies on the Web.
According to the announcement, Ask Jeeves will integrate Teoma's search technology across its Web Properties, currently the 17th most-visited Web property with more than 14 million unique users per month. Additionally, Ask Jeeves will operate Teoma.com, which is currently in beta, as a stand-alone Web property, maintaining the site as a pure search engine. [For more information about Teoma, see Richard W. Wiggins' Aug. 20 NewsBreak at http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/nbreader.asp?ArticleID=17526]
Ask Jeeves will also incorporate Teoma's leading search technologies into its suite of corporate search and syndication products. Ask Jeeves currently syndicates its popularity-based search technology to companies like About.com, iWon, MSN, and Lycos.
Teoma, whose name derives from the Gaelic word for "expert," determines its results by ranking a site based on its subject-specific popularity (the number of Web pages about the subject that reference this page) as well as its general popularity (the number of all the Web pages that reference this page). It also identifies and displays naturally existing hyperlinked communities of expert sites. Thus, Teoma's search results are claimed to be not only relevant but also more authoritative.
Teoma grew out of a research project begun in 1998 at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, by a team of researchers led by Apostolos Gerasoulis, a professor of computer science and Teoma's chief technology officer.
Source: Ask Jeeves, Inc.
New Gale Program Allows Libraries to Own Electronic Archives
Gale Group (http://www.galegroup.com), which is part of The Thomson Corp. (http://www.thomson.com), has announced a new Electronic Archive Program. The plan allows libraries to purchase, rather than lease, electronic archives of Gale content, such as Contemporary Authors, Dictionary of Literary Biography, the Biography Resource Center, and Literature Resource Center.
"This program is a direct response to librarians' number one concern about electronic data subscriptions," said Helen Wilbur, Gale Group vice president and a former librarian. "Electronic data provides wider access than print, but no preservation. This program is designed to provide the best of both worlds: preservation and access."
Gale Electronic Archive Program customers will pay a one-time fee to purchase available backfile content through the end of the previous year. Gale will deliver the content in a standard tagged format via CD-ROM or ftp. Customers will also have the option to access their archive on a Gale Group server.
As the information is dynamic, customers will also be able to purchase annual updates for their archive, an important option, according to Wilbur. "We'll regenerate the collection each year, integrating changes and adding new content. That will not only help to build an increasingly valuable archive, but will also ensure the collection will be readable in the most current technology," she said. Gale is launching the Electronic Archive Plan with a Charter Club that provides a 25-percent discount on archive orders placed before December 1, 2001.
Source: Gale Group
Dialog Adds Financial Times Content to News Databases
Dialog (http://www.dialog.com) has announced that the full-text content of the Financial Times (FT) and its online partner FT.com are being offered on Dialog products. Three months of archive FT issues are being made available on Profound, Dialog, and DataStar early this month. In October, Profound will carry a 5-year archive of FT content, while Dialog and DataStar will provide an approximate 20-year repository. The full-text content includes all sections of the newspaper that FT offers in accordance with copyrights. Additionally, all three Dialog platforms will provide the current day's Financial Times content by 5 a.m. GMT.
Dialog customers looking to retrieve the newly added FT content via the company's online services can access it on the Dialog product at File 476, on DataStar at FTNP, and on Profound at NewsLine.
Roy M. Martin Jr., Dialog's CEO, said: "For our European customers, as well as for our users in the international marketplace worldwide, the FT adds an important new resource for tracking current events and for in-depth business and market research. The fact that the FT has chosen to work with us is tremendous."
FT.com is part of the Financial Times Group, which also includes Les Echos, France's business news publication, as well as Expansion, Spain's business source. Last year, the FT Group launched FT Deutschland, a German-language newspaper, with a fully integrated online business news and data service. The FT Group is part of Pearson, PLC, the international media company.
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