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October 16, 2006 — 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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Really Strategies Debuts RSuite CMS

Really Strategies (http://www.reallysi.com) has introduced RSuite, a content management suite (CMS) powered by MarkLogic Server that's designed especially for publishers. The out-of-the-box system offers all the basic CMS features: central storage facility, check in/checkout, versioning, and content organization tools. It also integrates with XML editing tools. What sets RSuite apart from other CMSs is its ability to combine publishing technology, XML, and publishing work flows with MarkLogic Server's XML repository and search capabilities.

After a year at the drawing board, the first version has been rolled out (there was no beta). It features a customizable browser-based user interface so content can be organized into browsable and searchable folders, assemblies, documents, and other objects. XML content now features version control and check-in/checkout capabilities to let users manage XML at any level. "The beauty of RSuite is that there's no need to chunk content," according to Lisa Bos, executive vice president and chief architect. "RSuite also lets a user assign metadata properties to any part of the document," she said. Users can even work on the same chapter with different metadata.

Since RSuite is open and scalable, it can easily integrate with other content tools and applications as well as change as the publishing environment grows. Content can be reused with the click of a mouse with the XML node level management. Nontechnical staff also has the freedom to work within the RSuite system on tasks that would require assistance from an IT department in other systems, from creating rules for importing or exporting content into the CMS to identifying metadata fields.

Source: Really Strategies

University of Wisconsin–Madison Joins Google Books Library Project

The University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) has become the latest library to join the Google Books Library Project (http://books.google.com), according to an Oct. 11 Google announcement.

By joining the Google project, UW-Madison will expand the accessibility of its 7.2 million public and historical materials from the UW-Madison libraries and the Wisconsin Historical Society library (WHS). The collections are ranked 11th in North America by the Association of Research Libraries in Washington, D.C.

"Wisconsin is in a position to take a leading role in making the primary documents of U.S. government history freely accessible on the Internet for anyone to find and use," according to UW-Madison provost Patrick Farrell.

Initially, the Wisconsin project will focus on library collections that are free of copyright restrictions. Last year, controversy ensued when a group of authors and publishers filed a lawsuit against Google to block the company from scanning copyrighted library books. Those users who are interested in looking for information within the Wisconsin collection will be able to use Google Book Search to find the full text and locate the printed works digitized from the UW-Madison and WHS collections. For copyrighted books, users will receive the book's basic background (title and author), a few lines of text related to their search, and information about where they can buy the book. Publishers and authors who don't want their books digitized will be excluded.

Other partners in the Google Books Library Project include the University of California, the University of Michigan, Harvard University, Stanford University, the New York Public Library, Oxford University, and the Universidade Complutense de Madrid. Google is also conducting a pilot project with the Library of Congress.

Source: Google, Inc. (http://www.google.com)

Centric InSight 6.0 Introduces Enhanced Document Content Discovery and Results Management

Centric Software (http://www.centricsoftware.com) announced the global availability of Centric InSight 6.0, an off-the-shelf intelligent search application that discovers and classifies structured and unstructured product information stored behind the firewall in disparate, enterprise systems. Centric InSight also expedites access to documents, technical drawings, bills of material, ERP records, and other content, which lets users spend less time searching and more time making decisions based on their findings.

While many other search engines return lists of results, Centric InSight discovers and classifies results based on common product attributes from multiple systems (CAD, PLM, PEM, and ERP systems), in addition to office documents, PDFs, and e-mail files.

Engineering and manufacturing firms can access technical drawings, manuals, and other documents for manufacturing, reuse, or replacement of parts. The application enables access to technical drawings and manuals to control costs and schedules of construction projects. The application also recognizes duplicate results, categorizes results against data types, and gives users options to navigate through unindexed document relationships. To manage results, users can share documents or organize them in a project folder for secure sharing with a cross-functional team over the Internet.

Source: Centric Software



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