|Weekly News Digest
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Intelliseek Announces the Beta Release of ProFusion.com
Intelliseek, Inc. (http://www.intelliseek.com) has announced the version 2 beta release of its search site ProFusion.com (http://beta.profusion.com). The new ProFusion provides direct access to the "Invisible Web" with the ability to search over 1,000 targeted sources of information that are missed by regular search engines, including sites like TerraServer, Adobe PDF Search, Britannica.com, NY Times, and the U.S. Patent database.
"The new ProFusion is a public showcase of Intelliseek's enterprise research server solution, which includes our patent-pending intelligent agent technology for adaptive searching, automated tracking, intelligent clipping, and more," said Sundar Kadayam, Intelliseek's chief technology officer.
The new ProFusion automatically targets relevant sources by detecting the context of a user's search. Then the user can set alerts to automatically run the search in the future on the Web or on selected sources for specific information, with notifications delivered to e-mail and wireless devices. In addition to Search Alerts, the new ProFusion also offers Page Alerts, which enable users to monitor specific Web sites and pages—such as a company's news page—and report when relevant information appears on them.
Kadayam and Mahendra Vora founded Intelliseek in May 1997. The company introduced BullsEye, a downloadable client line of products, and in October 1999, it introduced InvisibleWeb.com, a Web database directory that has over 12,000 searchable sources. In March 2000, Intelliseek acquired ProFusion.com in order to offer a complementary server-side product. Originating from a University of Kansas research project in 1995, ProFusion was one of the original metasearch providers.
Source: Intelliseek, Inc.
[Editor's Note: Intelliseek encouraged searchers to try out the beta release, but it was not quite prepared for the high traffic levels that ensued. Users encountered sporadic service interruptions, while the company promised that it was adding resources. Although users can do a general search, I liked the Topic Search, which lets you target the search to groups of vertical search sources. I miss the ability to search or sort by date, however, especially in looking for current news items.—PJH]
NIH Launches Alternative Medicine Subset on PubMed
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), in 1997, Americans spent an estimated $21 billion out-of-pocket for complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Recognizing the need to provide authoritative CAM information, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM), two components of the NIH, have partnered to launch a new CAM subset of a larger medical literature database that will provide free, Web-based access to CAM sources of information.
CAM on PubMed is a new subset of PubMed, which is a free system offered by NLM to provide an easy way to access over 11 million citations and abstracts in the MEDLINE database and additional life science journals. MEDLINE currently covers nearly 4,500 journals published in the U.S. and more than 70 other countries. Approximately 60 percent of the indexed journals are published outside of the U.S. In addition, PubMed links to over 1,700 journals for the full text of articles (some publishers may require a subscription or fee) and provides links to citations of relevant MEDLINE articles. CAM on PubMed provides direct access to more than 220,000 references and abstracts related to CAM, as well as access to many full-text articles.
To reach the subset, go to the NLM home page (http://www.nlm.nih.gov) and choose MEDLINE/PubMed/Limits/Subsets.
Source: National Institutes of Health
Business.com Adds International and Private Company Profiles
Business.com has announced the addition of free profiles of private and international companies to its business information site. The detailed descriptions of 40,000 private and 14,000 international companies join the site's profiles of 10,000 U.S. public companies that were added in June 2000. Business.com partnered with Thomson Financial (http://solutions.thomsonfn.com) to provide international company profiles from more than 20 countries and with OneSource (http://www.onesource.com) to provide private company profiles. All company descriptions are updated regularly and can be easily found by entering the company name into Business.com's search box. Business.com's content providers also include Marketwatch.com, Inc., Multex.com, Inc., Primark Corp., Reuters, and Thomson Investors Network.
Just 2 days after the previous release, the company announced a workforce reduction of 37 employees—approximately 25 percent of its total workforce. According to a statement from the company: "These reductions are necessary to ensure the company meets its profitability goals. Business.com has $45 million in capital on hand, sufficient to take the company to profitability by mid-2002. In January, Business.com reached an important milestone of 1 million monthly unique users—up 500 percent in the last 6 months." The company currently relies on advertising for revenue but plans to generate additional revenues through sponsorships, subscriptions to premium content, and other value-added services.
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